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10 Quick Tips for Shooting a Car Show

Here at iLHP, we are car lovers as well as camera lovers. So in celebration of the ongoing North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the many international shows to come, we’d like to take a moment to share 10 quick tips on photographing an auto show. For your convenience, below is also a list of some of the major car shows around the world this year.

2015 autoshow schedule
Current as of 1/2/2015

10. Avoiding the Crowds

If Transformers were real, they would come in this Lexus LF-C2.
If Transformers were real, they would come in this Lexus LF-C2.

Assuming you don’t have a press pass, timing determines whether or not your pictures will be filled with strangers. Try weekdays after work/school. Avoid opening day and weekends. I was at the LA auto show on a Monday. The convention center was nearly empty and I sat in every car I wanted. It made the experience that much more enjoyable.

9. Bring a Zoom Lens or a Wide Angle Prime

Zoom with a zoom lens, or zoom with your feet with a prime. The new Mercedes GLA getting the street art treatment.
Zoom with a zoom lens, or zoom with your feet with a prime. The new Mercedes GLA getting the street art treatment.

Car shows are dynamic affairs. Zoom lens, such as a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L or a Nikon 24-120mm f/4G, are great for low light, variable distance shooting, and static subjects. Larger apertures are less important here because (a) car shows are usually well lit so ISO is less of a problem and (b) you’d want smaller apertures to capture more in focus.

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Top 10 Intriguing Places I Would LOVE to Photograph

I have always had an interest in taking photographs however, it was not until this past year that it became a real passion. In the past I had no interest in learning how to use my camera properly.  When I purchased my Canon EOS 70D last September I was determined to learn the basic functions my camera had to offer.

I have always had a mental list of all the places I have wanted to visit. Now that photography has become an integral part of my life, my bucket list has changed dramatically.

Here is a list I compiled of all the places I would love to travel to and be able to capture through my lens:

10) Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | Iceland

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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon -| Iceland |Image taken from https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/ |

Jokulsarlson Glacier Lagoon is located in Vatnajokull National Park in the southeast region of Iceland.  Due to the melting glaciers Jokulaslson became a lake and continues to grow.  Today it is the deepest lake in Iceland.  Since the 1970’s, the lake has quadrupled in size. The lagoon is considered to be a natural wonder of Iceland and one of the most visited places.

The scenery from pictures is fascinating because it is like nothing I have ever encountered before.  Due to the extreme weather, Iceland is one destination I would never have considered.

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Cities at Night from Space

If there is one type of photography I most want to explore, it would have to be astro photography.  I don’t just mean taking photos of galaxies and nebulae from a mountain top with a telescope adapter, but I mean actually taking photos while floating in space. As a mere earthbound mortal, I’m not sure if commercial space exploration will be available in my life time. But in the meantime, we can live vicariously through the photos taken by the lucky astronauts in the International Space Station.

How many cities do you recognize? What does your home town look like at night?

New York City

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New York City (Nikon D3S @ 400mm, 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 51200) – The lights illuminate the undeniable shape of Manhattan Island, surrounded by the four other boroughs of the city. North faces left in the photo. The narrow unlit area in the middle of Manhattan is central park. NYC, the city that never sleeps. With all those lights, seems about right.

Beijing 北京

Beijing (Nikon D3S @ 400mm, 1/40s, f/3.2, ISO 51200) - The concentric "ring roads" of Beijing surround the Forbidden Palace in the city center. North is up in the photo (rotated from the NASA image) and the city's brightly lit financial and commercial centers are located in the eastern parts of the city, between the 2nd and the 4th rings roads,
Beijing (Nikon D3S @ 400mm, 1/40s, f/3.2, ISO 51200) – The concentric “ring roads” of Beijing surround the Forbidden Palace in the city center. North is up in the photo (rotated from NASA’s original image) and the city’s brightly lit financial and commercial centers are located in the eastern parts of the city, between the 2nd and the 4th rings roads.

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