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Car Pictures

Car enthusiasts love to take pictures of cars, whether showcasing their own, or capturing images of the exquisitely maintained and restored cars at races and car shows. When set up properly, pictures of cars can be eye-catching displays of the power and beauty of a well-kept automobile. You don't have to a car expert or a professional photographer to take great car photos, you just have to keep a few things in mind:

Eliminate clutter.

You want the focus to be on the car, not on nearby telephone poles or other cars in the background. When setting up a shot, don't just focus on how the car looks; examine the scene, as well. Is there anything in the background that might overshadow the car? If possible, get rid of everything that could draw attention away from the car.

Include people.

Your primary subject may be the car, but incorporating human subjects can add interest to the photo. At a race, try to get shots of the spectators in the stands; at a car show, include

Include the car's owner, too: if the car has been restored, viewers may want to see the person responsible for the car's transformation.

Dress for the occasion.

If you're taking pictures of cars at a race track or auto show, you may be taking photos outdoors, so wear something durable that you don't mind getting dirty. Make sure it's comfortable, as well, so you can move around. You may find that the best angle for a particular shot is from the ground, and you need clothing that won't restrict you.

Use contrast in your composition.

The right setting can make or break your photo. Sometimes you want consistency: a vintage Rolls Royce parked in front of a stately mansion, for example. But sometimes the best way to showcase a car's features is to contrast it with its opposite. Put a dark car in front of a white background, or photograph an elegant luxury car in the desert.