Photographing Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Planes, trains and automobiles is a photo project which combines images of anything which is commonly used to go from one place to another; in other words modes of transportation. Planes are found in every major urban center in any country and so are many other moving subjects which form the basis for this theme.
Taking their images can easily be done with a long lens and many airports have space designed especially to allow for public viewing. Concentrate on taking images that showcase their logos, the engines, tires, cabins and especially the pilot's control hub; the front of the plane.
Images should include the full subject, isolated parts and close ups. Off course this if conditions allow. It is also wise to register with the airport authority and inform them of the times when you will be more likely to be taking photos and the purpose for doing so. This is not required as these planes are clearly visible from public property, but due to the many insecurities which abound now a days and the heightened state of tension, it is always advisable.
Next would be trains and these can also be found in many cities and urban centers. Taking their photographs should be easier than that of planes since they are terrestrially bound. Concentrate on recording images of the engine which is always fascinating, and the wagons.
Try to also capture images from a low angle and using a slow shutter to purposely create a blur. Also aim for any designs and brand names. A good idea is to record images of the ever present graffiti art commonly found on many freight trains. These make very interesting subjects.
Off course the next set of images would be of automobiles and here is where any car enthusiast can have a field day. There are literary thousands of models, shapes and colors with which to work. Concentrate on images that show the entire vehicle and smaller details which give each car its image, its beauty, its character as it may.
With trains and automobiles you can also take some night time images with the focus being the light produced by each and if possible illuminate the subject for a more dramatic effect. Planes are difficult to photograph during the night hours since most flash units are not powerful enough to properly record their image and the distance allowed for public viewing terrain is usually a few hundred feet away. You may try to secure permission from the respective authority to record images at a closer range and at night, but this permission is usually hard to come by.
For all of your subjects use a variety of angles and different perspectives. Use creativity too and try out different lighting combinations as well as colored filters placed on the front of your light fixtures to cast a color hue on your most static subjects and any mobile ones when this does not interfere with safety protocols or the safe operation of the vehicle.
Once you complete your planes, trains and automobile photography, then other vehicles can be pursued such as scooters, motorized bicycles, motorized skates and basically any vehicle which is use by people as a method of transportation.
If you are somewhat talented and keen to constructing miniature model sets such as those made by toy train collectors, then a variation of images featuring some of these more elaborate models complete with environmental features should be included as part of the project. However, you must decide ahead of time whether your sets will be photographed as realistic representations of the real things or clearly represented as models. This will save you time and effort. Model sets make a good addition to a set of images of the real subjects.
You images should reflect a unique and personal perspective and should also be technically sound. Only then can one consider submitting them to the various photography publications as well as to convert them into popular calendar productions.
These types of calendar which feature vehicles are very popular with various industries such as insurance, car dealerships and any car, planes or train enthusiasts and they continue to be very good selling products.
But since these particular subjects have been photographed many times over, your images must be those that offer a new perspective and offer its audience a new look at some common subjects.
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