Welcome to the first in Porsche Newsroom’s new series of masterclasses, designed to help enthusiasts sharpen their creative automotive skills during lockdown. In part 1 Richard Pardon explains the art of photography.
With so much of the world urged to stay home and save lives during the current crisis, Porsche Newsroom is today launching a new series of automotive masterclasses designed to help you sharpen your skills from the comfort of your homes.
The aim has been to create a series of guides that will enable enthusiasts to polish their skills in a number of disciplines, including car photography, design, detailing, art – and even driving.
The best camera and apps
“Most people have a mobile with some sort of camera and I often find the photos I take on my phone are more creative. “Phone cameras have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, and while you might not be able to blow up a phone image to the size of a billboard, they’re great for how we most commonly view images: on social media. I tend to use the Lightroom mobile app, as it syncs with my Mac version (useful for sending shots from my camera to my phone, and editing on the fly). Light
“Shutter speed relates to how long the shutter inside the camera is open: anything from 1/8000th of a second, all the way up to half a minute. When it comes to photographing moving cars – something none of us are able to do at the moment – changing the shutter speed allows us to freeze an image (fast shutter), or add motion/blur (slow shutter) to create a dynamic effect.
“For a static image, I use a fast shutter speed (1/500th or faster). Because these are often the first images the world sees of a vehicle, it’s important to use light to showcase the design as best we can. “Naturally, light comes from above (the sun), so my first rule of thumb is to light the car from a higher angle. For me, light isn’t the interesting part: the shadow is. It’s amazing how different you can make a car’s shape look with light.
If you asked two photographers to capture the same thing, the results would always be different. No two images are the same, and if anyone asks me what my favourite photo I have taken is, I’ll always say it’ll be the next one.
“On Newsroom’s Instagram feed this week I’ll share are some guidelines to help take ‘stronger’ images; from imagining gridlines across your photographs to help place the subject in the best position, to avoiding distracting elements such as street lights emerging from the top of a car.
Using the whole day
“While dawn and dusk are often the best times of day to take photographs, darkness allows you to showcase your subject in a different light – literally. Photographs are made as a result of the shutter opening and the sensor (or film) being exposed to light. When there is no light – during the night, for instance – shutter speeds lengthen dramatically.
Apr 08, 2020 at 23:21