Quick Shot: Three Car Garage

I love to photograph contrasts, and the contrast of these three cars under this improv shed certainly called out to me! I loved the variety in colors and varying vintages of the cars parked in the shed at Old Car City in White, Georgia.

The biggest challenge with this shot was that most of the subject was under the shade and darkness of the shed, but the hoods of the cars were in the sun -- creating a challenging dynamic range to try and capture in a single image. Normally I'd beat this issue by taking multiple exposures and merging them in post production to create a photograph with more dynamic range (aka HDR), but in this case, I didn't have a tripod and it's hard to hold the camera perfectly still for 3-5 exposures. This is where shooting in RAW and exposure compensation come to save the day! By telling my camera to underexpose the image by 1/2 stop, I collected more of the shadow detail and, because I shoot RAW, I was able to pull all that detail back out in post production - all from a single image! You can't get the same results if you shoot in .jpg. Not sure what I'm talking about when I say to shoot RAW? Check out my YouTube video where I offer a more detailed explanation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPRL2xEr6ok 

For those of you who just come to see some fine art photography and don't care about the technical mumbo-jumbo that I just spouted off, then fret not. The bottom line is that by harnessing the incredible technology in today's digital cameras, photographs like this are now possible to achieve without lots of manipulation in Photoshop. 

Can you ID the three cars parked in this garage?

The three car garage at Old Car City USA in White, Georgia.