How To Photograph Car Interiors

In this video, I share how I would photograph car interiors for a client if a job like that was presented to me. I share what I believe are the best lenses for photographing car interiors. I also share how CPL filters will come in handy as well as lights and a tripod.

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It’s snowing outside and I’m inside. Cause I don’t like to cold. I don’t like it being so cold. So I’m inside. Hopefully it doesn’t snow too much. So I don’t have to use a snow blower. But we’ll see what happens. This is Scott Wyden Kivowitz a storyteller with a camera talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about. And then this video, I’m going to answer a question that somebody had about car interiors. Okay. So I have photographs. My own was car interior for the fun of it, just for the fun of it. And I’ve never done it for client work. Uh, it would be cool to get hired by Tesla to, to photograph a Tesla, but I’ve never photographed a car professionally for a client just for fun car shows my own cars and so on. But here we go. Question I had was about how to photograph car interiors. Car interiors are tricky because just like car exteriors, you’ve got some reflective surfaces, whether it’s reflective wood materials, fake wood, real wood, uh, some reflective plastics. And of course, windows, windows are highly reflective.

Step one would be a wide lens in particular, 20 millimeter, 14, 16 millimeter. And this is not for the entire interior, but this is for when you want that wide view of an entire interior. Let’s say you’re in the back and you want to get everything all the way to the front. I personally have a 14 to 30 lens for my Nikon [inaudible] and to have a Nikon 20 millimeter lens. That’s actually for an EF Mount and I use the FTZ adaptor for my Z bodies. Eventually I’ll replace that with a Z Mount 20 millimeter lens, but for now FTZ adapter. So the wide lens lets you get that full wide view to make the car seem really large. But then there’s times where you’re going to need closer images. And that’s where a macro lens could come in handy. You don’t need a zoom lens, but a macro lens will allow you to get nice detailed photos of specific parts, the driver’s area, the passenger seats and stuff like that.

But it also lets you get the really close up like the shifting and the buttons and the radio things that have really fine details. Now, how do you remove the reflection you remove reflections by using a polarizer filter, get a polarizer filter, that’ll fit your biggest lens, the biggest filter size for your lens. And then you step down rings or step up rings rather to get from your smaller lenses to the big filter. So you only have to buy one filter. The polarizer lens will go in front of you. The lens you can turn it and find that point in the filter. That completely removes reflections. Of course you’re going to want to stabilize that camera. So you might want a tabletop tripod or a very compact tripod that gets small to take a very little room in the car, but at the same time, lift the camera up so you can get to the right Heights as needed.

I personally use a really writes tripods, but there’s many companies who make great ones. There’s me. Photo there’s peak design has one Ben Rowe, tripods and get through and Manfrotto and three legged thing there. So many tripods out there. If you happen to need light, I recommend getting portable led lights because you’re not going to need strobes in an object like a car you can go with portable led lights that are battery powered. In fact, the aperture MC might be the perfect take out the video data about the aperture MC and consider that multiple of those for this job. One of the coolest part about the aperture MC besides from it being tripod, mountable or light stand mountable, is that you could also magnet it to magnetic to metal surfaces. So there are times where you might find a magnetic object in the car where you can actually slap that light on and one, two, three done.

So there you go. Those are what I would do to get beautiful photographs inside of a car’s interior. Like I said, I’ve only done it for myself. Uh, I’ve done it at car shows and for my own cars, I’ve never done it for a client, but that is what I would do. If I was doing it for a client, I would take every necessary precaution to make sure that I get clean, beautiful, crisp images without reflections. If you liked this video, click the subscribe button below right now I publish new videos every Monday and Thursday, whenever possible. If you have any questions that you’d like me to answer on this channel, just comment below and I will try to get to that in one of the next videos. Thanks for watching.

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