Car photography 101: BTS of our Volkswagen Golf GTS cover shoot

It takes more than high-end equipment
by Drei Laurel | Jul 12, 2017

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There's more to taking the perfect car shot than having a scenic backdrop and high-end camera equipment. It takes a keen eye and a fair bit of planning, and professional photographers take a ton of factors into consideration during shoots.

Just ask seasoned automotive photographer and Top Gear Philippines regular Ian Magbanua. He's been shooting with us for more than half a decade, and today he's going to run us through what it took to get this month's cover shoot for the Volkswagen Golf GTS.

"Basically in Top Gear we like rolling shots, dynamic shots, where we can see the wheels moving with a great background," Ian says, adding that he applies a lot of what he's learned reading motoring magazines as a kid.

He analyzes our setting—in this case, Real, Quezon—and checks out the car before getting to work. "I look at the scene, check how the car fits into the scene, I play to the car's strengths in terms of angle," he continues. "You have to consider those things when shooting a car."

Want a better idea of the work it took to produce this month's cover story? You can watch the short behind-the-scenes video embedded above, or grab a copy of our July 2017 magazine.

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