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Picture of the Week – Car Photography

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A great deal of our transport objects going into the Riverside Museum (and some that aren’t) have had to be photographed for various reasons including for our displays, for publicity use, and for documentation purposes. This weeks picture of the week shows our black Morris Minor motor car photographed in our studio at the Museum of Transport just before it closed it’s doors to the public earlier this year.

Car photography can be tricky, especially when not able to be done in purpose built studios. We managed to do the best we could with what we have though, and created a space away from the displays big enough to house one car at a time, and the lighting necessary to shoot it. Once it was all painted white, and with all hands on deck, technicians and conservators wheeled a car in each week over a period of a year, ready for the photographer to work on.

In order that the cars could be turned easily, they were hoisted onto a turntable in the room, leaving the photographer free to move it into it’s different positions herself. Specialist lighting techniques and reflectors helped to reduce the reflections you would normally see in the finish of a car and to highlight their unique curves and shapes.

Once shot, the background and the turntable were digitally cut out of the images, leaving us with a whole series of images just like todays picture of the week.


Written by ionashepherd

November 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm

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  1. Nice! I’m posting antique cars on my blog lately if you’d like to drop by! http://cornville.wordpress.com/

    Barb O'Hara

    November 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

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