All images captured in the video are shown below for your reference. All camera settings (EXIF Data) are also listed with each photo.
As mentioned in the video for this I used a Nikon D5 with a Nikon 24-70mm and a Nikon 70-200mm provided by my friend Sami Sasso. I so rarely use a long lens that I didn’t have one to use for this lesson, so big thanks to him for the camera loan!
If you’re like me and you also don’t have a long lens in your go-to arsenal, the next best alternative is using a 2x extender, which as the name implies, doubles your focal range of whatever lens you sit on top of it. The only downside to this is that the image quality can sometimes be slightly degraded simply because there’s more pieces of glass in front your camera’s sensor. However, if you’re not delivering the content to highly critical clients, the results will be more than satisfactory.
In saying that, the benefits of having a long lens are readily apparent for a typical static car commercial photographer such as myself. If you’re shooting motorsports or commonly in situations where you can’t get close to a car, chances are you have a long lens and you’re ready to rock. You won’t always have such an impressive background such as the Burj Khalifa, but the methodology remains in this lesson. If you want to bring your distant background subject matter much closer in appearance to your car subject, shooting a long focal length does the job.
Using a 2x teleconverter is lens and camera specific however, you must be sure to get one that will work with your camera setup. Here are links to the 3 main ones below.
If you don’t feel the need to purchase a 2x extender, but still have a use for one in an upcoming shoot or concept of yours, you can also find one for rent at much cheaper than the purchase price. If you don’t have a great local rental supply, I tend to use LensRentals.com for all of my temporary equipment needs. They’ve never let me down on scheduled delivery times and customer service.
I actually used my Automotive Tailored Lightroom Presets to edit these photos, as they were just quick handheld snaps to demonstrate the focal length point. If you’re moving through a large number of images that don’t need keen attention to detail, I definitely suggest checking them out!