I’ve been learning about different lighting and camera techniques in my various classes this semester. In this age of smartphones, it’s easy for one to say they know photography. However, many fail to realize what all goes into capturing the perfect shot, the perfect moment. Our smartphones can correct and edit pictures quicker than we can say cheese; technology is amazing. Here are a few sample shots of my favorite subjects: cars! None of the photos presented have been edited or altered in any way. All photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
1975 Chevrolet Impala Custom, colloquially known as a “glass house” due to its large windows and windshield. This is one of my favorite photos I’ve taken. I think the composition of the photo is wonderful. The primer paint of the Impala complements the street, as the Bondo filler on the doors complements the brick of the building behind it. The shadows of the Impala are parallel with the shadows of the building that’s out of frame. This photo was taken at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
BMW e30 318is, one of my favorite BMWs. This particular one is a Euro-spec model, meaning it was imported by a private individual from Europe. This is evident by the right-hand drive configuration. The photo has a yellowish tint due to the incandescent street lamps, but the subject is still in focus. This photo was taken at 11 o’clock at night.
1958 Chevrolet Corvette. This photo was taken in a garage during a rainstorm. The lighting is very dim. There is a faint overhead lamp providing the primary source of light. There isn’t much natural light due to the clouds, as you can see in the garage windows.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air with Cragar SS wheels. This photo was taken in an underground parking garage. The lighting was very poor. It would be very hard to get a good shot of the Bel Air because of the overhead light. The light gives off shadows at every angle.
BMW F80 M3. This model is in Yas Marina Blue, a very light and vibrant blue. The color is barely seen. The only light source is the street lamp in the background. We can still see the subject, but the glare of the light makes the M3 a little fuzzy and out of focus. This photo was taken at 9 o’clock in the evening.
BMW F82 M4. This Bimmer is painted Silverstone Metallic, and we can see it clearly. This day was cloudy, but still had a pretty good natural light. The subject is very sharp. This photo was taken at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.