Learn how to photograph the most amazing all-wheel-drive engines with the best automatic shooting lens.
Choose the correct focal length.
There are almost as many different types of car photography as there are types of cars. You can take pictures of cars or action photos rushing across the track. A good lens will depend on what you shoot. Read for more information
These are the three most popular car photography lenses:
35 mm f / 1.4 – When the car is sitting, the lens is no better than 35 mm. It gives you a wide-angle to shoot the whole car and the background without having to stand at a distance. And because it’s a premium lens, you can shoot with wide apertures (low aperture) to create a bokeh effect in the background.
24-70mm f / 2.8-24-70mm is a great all-rounder for car photography. You can take close-up or wide-angle shots with the lens. Because it is a zoom lens and you can easily make adjustments, it is great for taking pictures of cars on the move (if they are not far away).
70-200mm f / 2.8-When shooting remotely, such as on a track, the 70-200mm lens lets you zoom in on the action from a safe distance. Just make sure you keep up with the fast shutter speed to reduce motion blur.
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Use a wide aperture lens.
Wide apertures let in more light, allowing you to maintain shutter speed and reduce movement – especially important when shooting fast cars. Ideally, use lenses with an aperture of f / 2.8 or lower to let in as much light as possible.
Even if your exposure doesn’t work well or you have some motion blur, you can adjust it later using photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
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