About the Author: David Bush is an automotive photographer who lives, works and breathes out of San Francisco. Good thing those chilling Pacific winds bring some of the freshest O2 any city dweller could hope to respire. Take a look at David's portfolio, like him on Facebook, or follow him on Instagram at @whatistotweet.
Picture this: a freshly cleaned, mint condition, “ticket-me-please” red Porsche and the newly repaved roads of the Marin Headlands. It is pretty hard to go wrong. This shoot was taken with Chris’ 911 SC (see Brotog’s earlier post) was excellent in its laid back nature. We had the necessary permissions for the location (including some ultra stylish GGNRA Volunteer ballcaps), we had plenty of time to work, and Chris and Christian’s rapport never fails to lend some spark to any creative endeavor (banter related or otherwise).
Create: With both seasoned Brotogs lending a hand with the lighting, shutter releasing and driving, I was given the chance to concentrate on taking photos, something that is a rare occurrence when I’m often the person taking care of all three (sometimes at once). We hit the streets with a Canon 5DII, an arsenal of L glass, a Profoto 7b kit, and a bag of modifiers (not used) and gels.
Grow: Sophistication is spelled out in straight forward and well executed details, and can be quickly dismantled by distractions and inaccuracies. This holds particularly true in automotive photography, where your subject’s ability to gain and maintain attention depends largely on the scene surrounding it. Include unnecessary background elements, color casts, or reflections in the paint and the shiny object of desire will fall victim to its environment. Learning how to take great pictures of a car requires careful control, both in shooting and in post processing, and each shoot is an opportunity to develop these skills. These days, I rely on taking a great many photos with the camera on a tripod, and merging the best areas of exposure together in Photoshop. This post processing intensive method is relatively new to me. As such, a great deal of my energy in the past was concentrated on making sure the photos going into Photoshop would be compatible with the process, and less energy was expended on simply taking good photos and creating compelling compositions. With Chris and Christian there to help me with the lights and moving the car, I was able to go back to the basics, and create photos that I loved straight out of the camera. I learned a couple of uninterestingly specific techniques to employ in Photoshop that really helped to bring out the lines of the car AND keep the reds under control. Small steps, but it’s the baby sized strides that keep the details in check. And I always enjoy a good walk.