Lighting aside, I’ve found the the major challenge for automotive photography tends to be picking out a new location for each car. This raises the question perhaps as to the necessity that every backdrop be different for every car. Sure it makes the portfolio more interesting, but for editorial use is it important enough to take the time to scout somewhere new every time? Part of that answer boils down to budget. If it takes 3 days billed to find a location fitting specific criteria then that’s a let of extra expense to the client.
Other aspects that can challenge an automotive shoot are: time of day in combination with vehicle color, location for lighting and composition, and the size / shape of the vehicle for lighting purposes. The more things that can be kept consistent between shoots, the easier and faster it should move along when multiple vehicles are being done.
Cars and trucks are inherently large objects to photograph and require space not just for the vehical, but also the desired lens focal length / composition desired. In some cases this can double or triple the size of the space needed. As a result, automotive photography presents a different set of challenges and problem solving – especially when aiming to minimize post production work.