Weekly Photography Challenge – Antique Cars

Old cars – look around you, they’re everywhere.

PoL Úbeda Hervàs

By PoL Úbeda Hervàs

Weekly Photography Challenge – Old Cars

Admit it – photographers love old things. The more battered, torn, peeling, weathered, falling down, beat up, rusted, broken and just in generally poor condition an item is – the more we love to photograph it. Right?! Tell me I’m not alone on that?

So your challenge this week is to go find an old car. It could be ancient and broken down like described above, or overhauled, in pristine condition, and well cared for by a car enthusiast. It’s your choice – or do both.


By thebig429

Craig ONeal

By Craig ONeal

Shoot the entire car (or vehicle) or do some detail shots of important parts. Your call again.

Robert Payne

By Robert Payne


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By RSdBarros

Darlene Hildebrandt

By Darlene Hildebrandt

Keith Midson

By Keith Midson

Where to find them?

If you can’t seem to find any old cars in your area here are a few places to look. Please remember not to trespass on private land and get permission before entering anyone’s property.

  • Junk yards (ask first)
  • Farmers’ fields (ask if you need to go on the property)
  • Vintage car clubs or car rallies. These are great as you’ll find dozens or hundreds of cars there on display for you to photograph.
  • Historic parks or museums – outdoor ones are especially good. If indoors ask about their photography policy before shooting and you may also need permission if you want to use a tripod.
  • Cuba – you don’t have to travel there (unless you want to) I just thought I’d mention it as the country is FULL of them, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my images from that amazing country.

Added some texture overlays using Macphun’s b/w Tonality plugin.


I loved the detail on the steering wheel on this car.


You can even hire a driver and a car there for about $30/hour. Or just hail any taxi!



Light painted using the light from a cell phone!

You may find it handy to have a tripod and polarizing filter (to cut reflections) and shoot later in the day if possible to get nice even light on the car. You might want to check out this dPS article as well: The 5 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Car Photographers Make.

Share your images below:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

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Video: Location Lighting



After sharing some of his own professional work, including shots for Sports Illustrated and People, photographer Rick Friedman elucidates the relatively simple lighting techniques he uses to achieve intricate results. In a fast-paced presentation, which mirrors the time frame you may have with a subject, Friedman demonstrates several setups using strobes, a softbox, reflectors, gels, and speedlights to “build” a portrait. In doing so, he provides several off-the-cuff tips that will go a long way to improving your photos, as well as your relationships with clients and subjects.

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GoPro Multicam: Capture the Action with Martin Dorey

GoPro Multicam: Capture the Action with Martin Dorey

Multiple angles in a video can add variety and create more interest. Martin Dorey uses the GoPro Wi-Fi remote on a Wipeout-style course to control three cameras and get three different points-of-view of the same scene. 




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FocusEd: ISO Explained



In this week’s video, FocusEd discusses ISO. ISO is a measurement of a digital sensor’s (or films) sensitivity to light. This video goes into detail about when to use different ISO settings, as well as explaining native, standard, and boosted ISO for your digital camera.

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