How to Photograph Cars in a Museum
James Mann shows you how to get the best possible photographs of cars in a museum. Filmed at one of the world’s most famous automobile collections, the UK’s national motor museum at Beaulieu, James takes you through some pro’ tips to take superb car photographs in an indoor environment.
In low light, it may be tempting to increase ISO, but this will cut image quality so do this only as a last resort. Many museums feature a mixture of light sources-perhaps tungsten lamps, with daylight coming through the windows. Since it is impossible to get both right, experiment with your balance settings. If you can, shoot RAW mode, as this will give more details later in photo-editing.
Top Tips Interiors
- Take a tripod, to keep the camera level and enable small apertures
- Use a wide-angle lens, between 24mm and 35mm
- To avoid distortion keep the camera level and avoid ultra wide-angles
- Fit a longer lens to isolate interesting details, look for unusual angles
- Keep the ISO as low as possible.
If you have extra lighting with you, some interiors benefit from extra flash to fill in badly lit shadow areas. These will have to be used off-camera and directed specifically into the areas that need it.
A slave flash, which can be triggered remotely, is perhaps the easiest to use. Don’t forget to look out for interesting details to isolate. A tripod lets the photographer make sure that the camera is completely level, and allows the use of small apertures for maximum depth of field, but is not essential.
There are so many beautiful architectural interiors in the world in cathedrals, theatres, museums and other buildings that you could photograph and never run out of subjects. But many photographers are intimidated by them, thinking that they need a great deal of specialized equipment.
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