Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Joseph Chen, a talented photographer from Taipei, Taiwan, whose journey into automotive photography blends his love for capturing real cars with a unique hobby of photographing model vehicles, showcasing a passion that transcends continents.
In our interview, we'll explore Joseph Chen's unique perspective on automotive photography. We're eager to learn about his approach in marrying technical skill with artistic vision in his images. What triggers the beginning of his new endeavors, and what obstacles does he navigate in the realm of automotive photography? Joseph will offer a glimpse into his creative process and give advice for aspiring photographers interested in carving a niche in the world of automotive photography.
Be sure to view Joseph Chen's impressive portfolio by visiting his Instagram page.
Although still a hobby on the side, it was the first time at a car meet in Santana Row, CA when I got to shoot a couple cars, including a Ford GT (which the owner kindly let me sit in) and a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. That passion has fueled me to where I am today.
My interest in collecting model cars has also contributed to this as well; during my free time I like to take studio-style photos and videos of them.
Some of my videography work:
When you see a photo and know it’s that specific photographer’s; a unique style, be it in angles, color tones, etc. aspects that make it unique to the tens if not hundreds of photos I see each day. Lighting-wise, I’m a big fan of either golden hour or cloudy days, rainy is miserable to shoot in but can garner very interesting results. Environments vary by car, but always enjoyed shooting on ACH and in DTLA. Hard to put my style into words, to be honest, but vivid and vibrant or darker tones, depending on the car.
It was a Polar Silver color Porsche Carrera GT; lighting conditions were certainly not ideal (noon), nor was the location, but a very special car and moment for me, regardless; the first hyper car I got to shoot.
Tripod, because shaky hands.
Always looking at what’s new, and those that inspire me.
Both sides I’ve seen and experienced before, I think it comes down to who you meet.
Just keep pushing, you’ll develop your signature way of editing and shooting. It won’t come easy nor fast, but it’ll be worth it.
This E90 M3 on BBS E88s. Car was tastefully modified, lighting conditions played out well, some thorns I had to pick out shooting in the bushes, but was worth it. And a friendship with the owner whom I still chat with here and there.
McLaren F1 LM, Ferrari F50, and Porsche 993 GT2 (since the Diablo SV I was able to cross off the list a few years ago).
We're thankful to Joseph Chen for opening up about his experiences in automotive photography. His journey, fueled by intense passion and impressive talent, is deeply inspiring and abundant with educational insights. Joseph's skill in capturing the character and beauty of automobiles is exceptional. We appreciate the knowledge he has shared regarding his craft and look forward to his future achievements as he continues to influence the automotive photography landscape.
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