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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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