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Nathaniel Redmon's picture

New and learning! Rocket Bunny 86

Hey guys! I am Nathaniel, a 19 year old based in Colorado springs. I just started doing some photography on my own car as a starting point to learn the settings and techniques used in shoots and in post. I could really use some constructive criticism on my photos because i want to eventually become a professional (for personal use). Thank you all!

I use a Canon t6i with a 50mm lens! any recommendations on what camera bodies / lens' are best for automotive photography?

and yes this is my car i have been building it for about 2 years. still a lot i need to do but i am on my way there

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Sundar Thomas's picture

super clean shots bro. build is dope af too

Nathaniel Redmon's picture

Thank you! Im starting to go out everyday just to experiment with new shoot spots etc. It's alot of fun

Sundar Thomas's picture

thats the best thing you can do to improve. looks like you have some great locations around you too!

Xander Cesari's picture

Looks pretty good to me, I like the tones. If you don't already have one invest in a CPL filter, really awesome tool for cutting down reflections. In your fourth picture you could eliminate the whole horizon reflection from the side of the car and just get a nice even red.

The 50mm is a classic all arounder so that's always a good one to have in your kit. But I love my 24-105mm f4 for automotive work. Fast lenses are nice but usually you need a pretty wide depth of field to capture a car and most car photoshoots take place in good light anyway. 24mm is much more useful than 28mm for interior and engine bay shots and I regularly use the 105mm for detail shots and full body shots. So I think that lens is the sweet spot for a general purpose automotive lens. A lot of people also like an 85mm f1.8 prime for exterior shots or sometimes even a 70-200mm and go wayy far back. The compression effect of a long lens/long distance does as much for cars as it does for portraits!

Nathaniel Redmon's picture

Thanks for the tips!! i will definitely look into getting another lens like that. and the filters!

Xander Cesari's picture

Yeah lenses are a much bigger investment so just something to start thinking about. But the CPL filter is a game changer for automotive so order that one ASAP!

Francisco B's picture

Cool shots. Shooting with an overhead sun like that is a lot more challenging as you'll have to deal with all types of funky glare and light.