Car Photography Tips


Car Photography Tips

How to photograph cars better with the gear you already have, including your phone

by Armin H. Ausejo

Like many automotive photographers, I got my start in taking photos by simply being a car enthusiast, and as a car enthusiast, it was natural for me to take part in various Internet-based forums. One of the main forums I was involved in is the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, or "NASIOC." However, back then there weren't any tutorials or instructions on how to photograph cars, so much of what I learned was from some close photographer friends and just experimenting on my own. In any case, my love for Subarus and taking photos of them eventually led to my start in shooting cars professionally for Subiesport Magazine back in 2004. Over the years, my skills and styles evolved and eventually it led to posting a tips and tricks thread on NASIOC, which is where these car photography tips originated. While these car photography tips are geared more for beginners, they can also be a nice refresher course for seasoned veterans and you can apply most, if not all of these tips to other styles of photograph as well.

I have these car photography tips broken down into three main categories, and I hope you find them all helpful. These are all based on years of experience, but like many things, your mileage may vary. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to post a comment below or reach out! I'm always happy to help.