Nikon Master Your Cam­era

Au­to­mo­tive

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Nikon Am­bas­sador Amy Shore gives us her tips for shoot­ing high-qual­ity images of au­to­mo­tives with her Nikon kit

Au­to­mo­tive pho­tog­ra­phy is such an ex­cit­ing genre that has been to­tally over­looked un­til now. The great thing about the au­to­mo­tive world is that it’s not just about the cars.

It’s about the peo­ple, the sto­ries, the his­tory and the ad­ven­tures peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds have ex­pe­ri­enced with ma­chines on wheels. It can be both a

Amy Shore gives us the low­down on life as an au­to­mo­tive shooter

se­ri­ously fast-paced en­vi­ron­ment where a pho­tog­ra­pher has to be on the ball all the time, but also a very slow, de­lib­er­ate genre, such as com­mer­cial and stu­dio shoots.

One week I’ll be run­ning ahead of a Fer­rari in Portofino, try­ing to ready my­self as it comes whizzing around the cor­ner on our road trip shoot, and the fol­low­ing week I’ll be on a step lad­der on a chilly Alpine pass ask­ing my as­sis­tant to move the re­flec­tor an inch to the left to light the front near­side wheel a lit­tle bet­ter. I’ve shot with Nikons for the whole of my ca­reer as an au­to­mo­tive pho­tog­ra­pher and wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher

be­fore that. Their qual­ity, speed and dura­bil­ity means I’ve never even con­sid­ered any other brand since re­ceiv­ing my first Nikon, ten years ago. This job means you’ve got to have gear that al­lows you to be thrown into many dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments and sit­u­a­tions and know you can pro­duce the best work of your abil­ity. Don McCullin’s Nikon F saved his life! Thank­fully, my D850, D5 or D750 have not needed to save my life just yet, but they’ve sur­vived pour­ing rain at this year’s Good­wood Re­vival, sea salt spray on a shoot set from a Cor­nish fish­ing boat, and I’ve still many more ad­ven­tures to have with them yet.

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