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5 Top Transport Photography Tips & Techniques To Try

Here are five tutorials that'll help you take better shots of cars, boats, trains and other transport. Plus, we have a few tips on the kit you'll need and why.

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Train Station

 

When you first think of transport photography you probably think of cars but trains, boats and planes are just as interesting and with the right planning, can be photographed. In this article, we list popular transport photography tutorials and offer a few tips on the gear you may want to consider using.

 

Photographing Cars - Gear Choices & Our Top Tutorials 

Car

 

A standard lens is fine as you can move around the car to alter the angle and position. You'll also want to use a polarising filter to reduce reflections just remember shutter speeds will be slower so you may want to use a tripod.

 

Photographing Boats - Gear Choices & Our Top Tutorials 

Boat

 

A standard zoom of the 35-80mm range is fine, although you may prefer a longer lens 80-200mm if the boat is further away. Make sure you use a polarising filter to reduce reflections/deepen blue skies and pack a tripod but if you plan on taking your shots at the coast or will be walking along a canal for a lengthy period of time, a light-weight tripod that still offers good rigidity will be easier to carry, particularly after you've been walking for a while. 

Photographing Trains  - Gear Choices & Our Top Tutorials 

Train

 

A lens with a focal length between 50mm and 100mm is ideal. Better still, use a zoom lens with a range that covers 28-105mm so you don't have to waste time changing lenses. For shots away from stations, use a tripod with a pan head to follow the train and on the platform use a monopod as they can get busy and you don't want to get in anyone's way.

 

Even More Top Transport Photography Tips 

York Train Station

 

If you want even more transport themed photography advice, we have 10 more top tips to help you take better photos of trains, planes, cars and other modes of transport.
 

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9 May 2015 9:55AM
Pity the car photographer neglected to delete the railings on the back right and car back left and reflections of OTHER cars in the car doors, shoddy
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27 May 2015 9:24PM
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5 May 2019 12:10PM
At the moment Eastbourne has the Magnificent Motors car show on, this is one of the shots I took yesterday afternoon, trying to get shots with no people in with an ultra wide angle lens wasn't easy but thanks to the power of ants eye view I got a few cool shots.

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