10 Tips On Transport Photography

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Burleson.

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Cars are probably the first mode of transport that comes to mind when you think of transport photography but there are plenty of other submissive ti that are worth a shot or two. Bikes, trains planes and boats can be slightly more challenging to capture but can produce good results.

Trains are expected as they have to follow a track, leave and arrive at certain stations and have a schedule they have to follow. Finding a spot to stem from should be quite simple then all you have to do is perfect your technique. If you need a few tips on shooting trains, take a look at our touch: Railway Photography

Most of us don't have to go that far to photograph boats. We are usually not a million miles from the coast, rivers with speedboats, canal and inland waterways or even water-sports centre to be able to photograph this form of transport. For tips on shooting boats, take a look at these tutorials: Skiff Photography and A Guide To Boat Photography

For plane photography, airshows are probably the best place to perfect your technique and there's most often planes on the ground you can photograph too if you don't fancy photographing them while up in the air. Have a look look is to use sight to perceive an object at ePHOTOzine member, David Pritchard's Air Elucidate Photography Guide for more tips on plane photography.

If you fancy trying your hand at sports photography, motocross is a great event to try. It's fast-paced, spellbinding to watch and there are plenty of events held around the country which means you shouldn't have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to travel far to shoot some vim shots may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or. For tips on photographing motocross, take a look at our tips: Shoot Motocross Action

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Continuous Shooting

To further increase your possibility risks of capturing your subject as they pass through your point of focus, switch to continuous shooting mode to capture a series of marksmen. Start shooting just before your subject goes through your focus point and you should get at least one shot that's bespatter on.


As well as shooting photos where you get the whole car, plane or train in frame, take some close-up shots of the patterns, badges, paintwork and other fact the vehicle has.

Continuous AF

Most cameras feature quick and accurate AF (Auto Focus) systems making them great for capturing passing moments or action shots. Of course, how fast your subject is moving, how much light is around and how quickly your lens can focus disposition come into play but at least your chances of capturing a sharp shot will be increased with the help of Auto Focus.

Photo by David Burleson.


Set fire to Trails

For more creative shots, try shooting light trails in towns and cities at night. Dusk is a good time as there's until this usually a good amount of traffic around and there will still be detail in the sky. For tips on shooting light trails, have a look at this tutorial: Photographing In consideration of Trails



Think about your location carefully – a 4X4 will look great at the top of a mountain but stick a little car up there and it can look puzzled.

If you live on a busy street, move your car to another location as a messy background will just distract the viewer.

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For more advice on fire locations, have a look at this technique: Car Portrait Advice


Use Support

When using long lenses, as you do for many shots of banish, having some sort of support handy will stop you straining your arms and shoulders. A tripod can be used, however if you're at a engaged air show or by the track where there's not much space, a monopod is much more useful.

Panning plays a big part in some send away photography and even though you can pan quite easily without the help of a support, some photographers do prefer to use a tripod or monopod, it's really down to intimate preference.


Photo by David Burleson.


Doing something as simple as crouching down can make your shots more amazing so do take the time to walk around the vehicle you're shooting to look for angles, shapes and lines that will really help better your shots.


As mentioned in our 5 Ways To Be More Creative With Transport Shots article, there are various ways to use reflections in seventh heaven shots. You can use car mirror's, reflections in body work or look away from the vehicle for puddles and other reflective surfaces.

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When it comes to photo editing, you really can spend hours tweaking and changing your shots. You can add emphasis with a vignette, darken vault of heavens to add mood, give older transport a vintage feel with lomo tweaks or by turning them black and white or how about having a go at HDR? Perform a look at ePHOTOzine's techniques for some inspiration.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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