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Photographing Your Car

Before you take pictures of your beloved auto to share with the world, there are some tips that you should be aware of to ensure that you get the best photo possible. If you are not familiar with basic photography techniques, it is a good idea to keep these tips in mind so that your pictures showcase your car to its best advantage.

1. Pick the right time of day. Lighting is your enemy when it comes to photographing your car. Shadows can distort your image and sun flares make it hard to get a good picture. To minimize these effects, the best time of day to take photographs is either early in the morning or at dusk. This removes direct sunlight, allowing your car to shine on its own merits.

2. To flash or not to flash. If the day happens to be cloudy or the lighting is not the best, the use of your flash may help you get a better picture. Make sure that you are standing with your back to the light when using the flash option. You may want to take one photo with and one without to see which one turns out the best. Flash can be very helpful, but it can also wash out colors if used improperly.

3. Stand in the right place. Even if you want to get multiple views of your car, you’ll need to make sure that you are positioned properly. This may mean moving your car to take advantage of natural lighting. Always stand with your back to the sun to avoid glares and flares. However, if you are taking the photo in mid-day, you will need to make sure that you are not casting a shadow into the photo frame.

4. Taking pictures inside. If you cannot get optimum photo lighting outside, you may need to move the car into the garage. Keep in mind that fluorescent lighting is never kind to photographs and the color may not be as true as it could be. You may be able to fix this by adjusting contract and colors with a photo editing program after your picture is taken.

5. Avoid funny angles. If your car is in a strange direction, it may appear warped in the photo. Try to take shots that minimize distortion by facing your vehicle head on. You may need to move it to get the right shot. Make sure you are standing at a far enough distance to avoid the fish-eye effect.

6. Practice safety etiquette. If you plan to post your pictures on the Internet, you may want to blur out your license plate or any address that could show up in the photo. Although it is generally safe to post your pictures, you don’t want to alert possible car thieves to your actual location. This is a step that doesn’t take a lot of time and it is well worth the extra effort.

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