This past weekend I had the chance to shoot my cousin’s Lexus IS350 and my brother’s GTi as a form of practice. Some of the photos came out a little under exposed, but I tried to fix it in post.
Couple takeaways from the experience that I’ve learned are:
Shoot with adequate lighting. Even if you can adjust in post-production, having good light especially when shooting at night is important. Next time if I’m shooting at night, I’d like to get some fill light on the subject.
While it’s a subtle difference, I feel that it illuminates the body a lot better.
Find a location to shoot before you shoot. Nothing is more annoying than getting kicked out of a spot because people don’t want you taking photos there (and you didn’t check beforehand) or wasting a lot of shooting time looking for a good backdrop. This is especially important if you want to shoot in the late afternoon just as the sun goes down. It’s such a small window, it’s easy to miss. We drove around maybe for 20 minutes before we got to a decent spot each time.
Take out unnecessary background elements. That, or just don’t shoot them at all to begin with. There are a lot of things you can do in post-production, but make it easier on yourself and omit certain elements from the shot if you can.
I’ve obviously still got a lot to learn, and this is pretty basic stuff, but important things to keep in mind when shooting.