With curved and straight reflective painted surfaces vehicles are difficult to photograph – especially darker colours and metallic finishes. Thrown into the mix are chrome, glass, leather, carbon-fibre and different textured plastics: Everything interacting with light in different ways and all influenced by the locational environment.
Vehicle photography commissions come with the benefit of Tim Salix’s specific techniques and specialised equipment built-up over 14 years of being a photographer and understanding the complexities of photographing automobiles.
The primary lens Tim uses for his car photography shoots is a German made Leica 24-90mm. The range this lens offers covers the majority of vehicles and avoids any ultra wide-angle lens distortion issues.
Problems of reflective badges and mirror chrome grills, when photographing directly in front of and the camera/lens plus the tripod appearing in the image, is resolved by using a Nikon 85mm tilt/shift lens.
This specialist lens has the ability to position off-centre to the specific subject matter and ‘shift’ so the photo appears to have the camera looking straight on but without it showing up in the final image. Tim has just purchased a drone giving him the ability to video vehicles whilst on the move.