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By: j.wilder

Car Photography News

Car Photography News - topics that are always relevant. If it has long term value it deserves to be seen.

Last update: 9-1-2022

MoMA Exhibit

I ran across an article on a MoMA exhibit that is long gone by now, but the article about the exhibit was very interesting from a historical perspective.

The exhibit was focused on two photo books: "The Americans" and "Every Building on the Sunset Strip."

Additionally, the article mentioned another Ed Ruscha photo book titled "Twentysix Gasoline Stations."

Twentysix Gasoline Stations, was self-published by Ed Ruscha in 1963. It contained photos he had taken on his regular travels on Route 66 between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City, his family home.

One of his most famous paintings, Standard Station in Amarillo, Texas, was based on a photo in this book.

I love the idea that he self-published a book. Take note parked photographers. If you have serious aspirations about your photography, self-publishing a themed work might be one of the tools to become known.

Standard station in Amarillo, Texas. MoMA

The original article is here:
Classic Automobiles Collide With Artistic Takedowns Of Car Culture In A Rousing MoMA Exhibition
Jonathon Keats. Jul 25, 2021. Accessed 9-3-2022

Abstract Car Photography

I'm not excited about the photos in this article, but I love the concept.

What is abstract photography? According to Wikipedia, "Abstract photography is a means of depicting a visual image that does not have an immediate association with the object. An abstract photograph may isolate a fragment of a natural scene in order to remove its context from the viewer, it may be purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects, or it may involve the use of color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression."

If you can tell it's a car, then it's not abstract. But, this article got me thinking.

I did like the introductory quote by Minor White:

"One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are." -Minor White

Looking for abstract opportunities is a great way to improve our ability to see through our creative eye.

Here's the article.

An Introduction to Amazing Abstract Automotive Photography

Minor White

Adobe Photoshop Free for the Web (some day)

"Adobe has announced it’s testing a new web-based version of Photoshop that will be free to use for anyone with an Adobe account. Although this beta test is currently limited to Canada, Adobe says it plans to make this available to all users in the future as a way to promote its other Creative Cloud apps and services."

Adobe says Photoshop for web will be free for everyone...eventually
Published Jun 14, 2022 | Gannon Burgett

How to Use Street Lights to Improve Your Night Street Photography

The author talks about utilizing the light of street lights for night street photography. However he utilizes bracketing, which takes multiple exposures per shot, and have to be merged in Photoshop.

However, a commenter suggested to keep the streetlight out of the photo by framing the composition so that only the projected light is visible and the actual source of the light remains unseen and outside the frame.

How to Use Street Lights to Improve Your Night Street Photography

Of course, we would be looking for the proper car to be near the streetlight. Or maybe just go to 7 Eleven!

Here are some of my cars at night shots.


Many car enthusiasts photograph their cars in front of the glow of the 7-Eleven sign and post them on the gram with a #7Eleven tag.

7-Eleven picks a few and shares them with their audience on a regular basis. They also promote the #CarsOf7Eleven tag. They even recently comissioned a custom Mustang (Model 711) which they revealed recently.

Brilliant marketing by 7-Eleven!

Kevin McCauley Car Photography Videos

Kevin McCauley, of Capturing the Machine, is an automotive photographer in Houston, TX. He has a great YouTube channel and he has been busy making videos!

Here are my favorites so far:

How I Edit Car Photos (26min)

What I Learned Shooting Cars With a 600mm Lens

What You Should Know About Focal Lengths and Shooting Cars

Everything I Don't Do When I Shoot Cars — 13 Tips in 6 Minutes

Check out all of his latest video on YouTube.

Capturing the Machine, YouTube

Glass.Photo It's a Post Instagram World

Would you pay $5 a month for no ads, a chronological news feed with only photos of people you follow? Glass.Photo is betting enough of you will.

"Glass is an independent company. We charge for our product. We haven’t taken any venture capital or outside funding. With your help, we’re building a sustainable home for photographers on the internet." -Glass.Photo

I signed up because I'm ready for something new. I'm still looking at the details of this shiny new object. Right now, it's pretty low low on the features.

Read my Glass.Photo Review for details.

Instagram Pivot

Instagram Pivoting to Video As it Transforms into a ‘Metaverse’ Company.

A delicious article on the future of Instagram (video/vr).

The comments are worth reading.

3 Tricks for Making Your Photos Look More Cinematic

Eren Sarigul talks about Cinematic Street Photography and three ways in which you can make your photos more cinematic.

This is not specifically about cars. But it is about street photography, and "Parked Photography" is strongly related.

Rather than cinematic, think artistic, rich, story, mood.

1. Color theory. Think about complimentary colors.
2. Subject. Find a great scene and wait for the right subject (car) to enter it.
3. Light. The lighting can help tell a story, set the mood. Rain shots are always cool.

Eren Sarigul's inst account includes a few car shots. Worth browsing.

3 Tips: Making Your Photos Look More Cinematic
9min Video

The Truth About Following Your Dreams as a Career

You're on my turf bro. Let’s hear it.

Being an Artist Is About Being a Producer, Not a Consumer

The title is probably enough, but I’ll read it anyway.

5 Tips to Increase Your Photography Income Through Better Networking

I’m always open to improving people connections.

How to Get Sharp Photos When Shooting Handheld

Is it me, or the camera?

Cropping Photos in Photoshop for Print and Screen

A Beginner's Guide To Cropping Photos in Adobe Photoshop for Print and Screen

This video gives you a great beginner's guide to cropping your photographs for all purposes using Adobe Photoshop.

Are You Feeling Unhappy as a Photographer?

"Unhappy or unfulfilled photographers are only a matter of clicks away from putting the camera down permanently. Ask yourself these questions before it's too late."

How to Build Your Web Presence as a Photographer

Always interested in new perspectives on this topic, because

How to Build Your Web Presence as a Photographer

Rent a Camera Lens

I really need to try this lens rental service!

"I used (plug for an awesome company) to grab three Sigmas"

On Car Photography and Being a Car Enthusiast

Words used to be scarce. Now they’re everywhere to exhaustion. We mostly ignore words today. I believe we will come back in balance at some point.

I do wish more car photographers would write more than "DM for shoot."

Here are some words by Gary Wang.

On Car Photography and Being a Car Enthusiast
Gary Wang, 2019

If you have words, let me know. Tag me on Twitter @parkedphotog.

5 Reasons Why Car Photography Matters

One of the best titles ever.

To become a great is to think beyond yourself.

The purpose of this article is to see your photography as a means to reach a new generation.

"Automotive photography can inspire a generation of enthusiasts."

The two best reasons Brandon Lim mentions are:

There's Room For Everyone (Even Non-Professionals)

It Keeps The Passion (For Cars) Alive

5 Reasons Why Car Photography Matters
Brandon Lim, May 26, 2019

I wrote about this in:

23 Epic Reasons to Get Into Car Photography - And change the world.

No One Needs to See Your Photography

What on earth is this title about?

An issue with social media is really an issue with priorities, purpose, and focus.

9 minute video

James Wilder

James Wilder is the owner, writer, photographer, designer, and developer of Parked.Photography.


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