Photographing Indoor Car Shows

Today’s Post by Mark Toal

If you’re a regular reader you know that Joe and I love photographing car shows. I usually try to avoid indoor car shows due to bad lighting and lots of people that seem get in the way whenever I’m trying to make a shot. This experience is not to be confused with car museums that often have well lit displays and few people hanging around, especially during the week.

Blue car

Last Saturday I decided to try the Portland Roadster show at the Convention Center. The lighting is from hundreds of big round light bulbs in a really high ceiling reflecting in the polished cars and did I mention that the lights aren’t very bright.

Chief Pontiac

I decided to try using a long zoom point-and-shoot camera, the Panasonic FZ1000. I was hoping that by zooming in for close-ups I could minimize the numbers of lights reflected in the cars and get some interesting detail photos from a distance. As you can see I still have the lights reflected in the blue car, but they work for me. Even with the built in image stabilization I got a fair amount of blurry images in the low light, but the keepers were worth it.

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