Don’t worry, this post isn’t about shopping. It’s about my favorite color to shoot–black! I’ve heard a lot of photographers complain about black cars, but I thoroughly enjoy shooting them, especially when the conditions are right. Lighting has to be precise to get the right look, but when you nail it….good stuff happens.
Ernie Lankford’s ’55 Chevy sets the standard for the black-on-black-on-black look. FYI, it’s a big block, four-speed car.
So, I figured with all of the Black Friday hype, I’d post a blog with a bunch of the black cars I’ve photographed in the past few years. Enjoy!
Another good example of black goodness. Light conditions were not ideal with this shoot, but it still turnout out pretty good.
Black cars require sunrise or sunset lighting for the right look. It’s all about the horizon line and reflections so I try to find clean areas with no distractions.
I’m always careful with white balance because it can sometimes ruin a good photo shoot. Warm light is always best for black cars.
GM didn’t have a very good black in the ’80s, but it looks good on this ’86 Monte Carlo.
I’m not really into Buicks, but this one is amazing. Gary Steele had the right idea with building a bare bones sleeper out of his ’72 Skylark.
I had cloudy conditions for this photo shoot, but the gray reflections offered a cool look. It was almost completely dark when I shot this one.
One of my favorite Mustangs that I’ve shot…hard to get much lower than this and still be drivable.
This ’68 Camaro was my introduction to Day 2 restorations. Period correct from front to back, this Camaro has all sorts of great details from the early 70’s era.
Billy Smith’s outlaw Mustang is another one of my victims.
Great conditions make for great photos…
Mark Turner’s slammed ’67 Chevy II undergoing a sunset photo shoot at the Nashville Airport.