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5 Tutorials To Improve Your Transport Photography Technique

Here are five tutorials that'll help you take better shots of cars, boats, trains and other transport.

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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 

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


Photographing Cars - Tutorials 

1. Five Ways To Take More Creative Shots Of Cars 
2. How To Photograph Your Car Successfuly 
3. Tim Wallace's To Car Photography Tips



Photo by Peter Bargh


Photograhing Boats - Gear Choices 

1. 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.
2. Use a polarising filter to reduce reflections and to deepen blue skies.
3. Use a tripod to minimise the chances of shake spoiling your shot. If you're planning 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. 
4. You may not want to carry your camera around your neck when walking along the water's edge for an hour or too so you need a bag that's easy to access. Shoulder bags are fine but you may find a sling style bag, such as the Manfrotto Professional Sling 50, more comfortable. 

Photographing Boats - Tutorials

1. Everything You Need To Know About Boat Photography
2. How To Take Good photos From A Boat
3. More Boat Photography Tips 


Photo by Peter Bargh


Photographing Trains - Gear Choices

1. 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.
2. 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.


Photographing Trains - Tutorials 

1. Steam Railway Photography Guide 


Photo by David Burleson


Even More Top Transport Photography Tips 

Here are 10 more tips to help you take better photos of trains, planes, cars and other modes of transport.

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5 May 2015 10:57AM

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User_Removed 4 1.0k United Kingdom
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
bucket 5 32 United Kingdom
27 May 2015 9:24PM

French Replica Frigate, Hermione, leaving the Charente river during her first outing.
sitan1 10 1.2k United Kingdom
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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