When you love to take photos like I do, you often find yourselves in odd places trying to get the perfect shot. In the past I have found myself balancing on a ledge on one leg, hiding underneath an umbrella in the rain, and even climbing on top of a small roof for just the right angle. And that is all assuming that you have the right lighting for the shot. Photography can be a contact sport at times, lol, but we love it.
So when Kia Motors and Drive Shop USA offered a new Kia Sorento for me to drive around in for the week, I thought we could have some fun with it. Finding new and different ways to use your car for an on-the-go photography studio.
How to use your car as a photography studio on the go.
*Please note – Kia Motors and Drive Shop USA provided the car for me to drive around town in, in return for a post featuring their car. They in no way added information for this list. All opinions are 100% my own.
On-the-go Photography Studio.
There are times when you need to get the perfect shot, but the lighting isn’t right. Or perhaps you need more space than a home studio has to offer, or maybe you just don’t feel like doing the whole set-up / tear-down of your lighting equipment and backdrop. With the Kia Sorento to play around with, we decided to think outside the box.
1. Car Power Inverter
With a simple car power inverter, you can plug in any electric cord to suit your needs. Plug in your computer, your studio lighting, or even your sewing machine! You can find them on on-line for under $30, and they are fabulous to simply keep in your car.
2. Instant Backdrop
A garage often provides a fabulous lighting set up for studios, with so much access to direct sunlight and shade. But sometimes a clean garage is simply not accessible, or the work of setting up your backdrop is too tedious for one quick photo. Have a trunk that opens up? This quick trick will allow you to snap easy prop photos instantly.
Slip a roll of white craft paper through a broom handle or tension rod, and attach to the trunk of your car. Instant photo backdrop.
Use wider craft paper and have it extend to the ground when more space is needed.
Just make sure your ground is flat (not grass), and relatively clean! Otherwise the pebbles / rocks / uneven surface will show through on the bottom of the paper. Photoshop will still be needed afterwards :).
3. Wifi for Computer
Did you know you can get wifi anywhere with your iPhone? Simply by turning your iPhone into a ‘hotspot’, you can connect your computer to the internet and be able to download and share pictures instantly.
Here is how to turn your iPhone into a hotspot and connect it to your Mac computer or iPad, for wifi anywhere you go:
(I have an iPhone 6)
- On your iPhone, go to ‘Settings’. Click “Personal Hotspot’.
- Set Personal Hotspot to ‘On’.
- Tap on Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
- This will automatically set up a Wi-fi password for you, or you can make up your own.
- Now on your computer, click open your Wi-fi Networks and let it search for available wi-fi connections. Find your phone network. (It will have a double oval infinity looking loop next to it. (Mine is called “Jessica’s iPhone”, so yours will be easy to spot.)
- Click the phone wi-fi network on your computer, it will prompt you for the password. Type in the wi-fi password as provided on your phone (Step 4).
- That’s it! You can now browse the internet on your Mac or iPad using the connection provided by your iPhone. Upload / download photos, photoshop and share on Social Media to your heart’s content.
*Please note – I don’t know if this same process will work with a PC, but please try and let me know!
We used the Kia Sorento for our studio lighting, computer, photo backdrops and more – and had a blast. It was fun coming up with new ways to work on-the-go. So much of what I do is around town, as I scour the area for good photography locations every day, that being able to use my car to help me get the job done was awesome.
Just remember your fave snack (peanut M&Ms…yummm), your fave shades, your music player to plug in…and GET OUT THERE!
Don’t let a stationary photography studio hold you back. So get in your car, *Kia preferred, and have some fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…