How To Properly Photograph a Vehicle for Re-Sale

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Hi again! Welcome back to Jennifer’s Visual Design’s blog this week, and I am going to show you How-To Properly Photograph a Vehicle for Re-Sale. I got this idea from viewing a few craigslist pages of vehicles trying to be sold on the online market. Which comes in handy due to one of my jobs as a photographer at Kelley Automotive in Fort Wayne, IN.

You can do this photo process on any sort of device that has a form of camera attached to it such as a cell phone, tablet, digital camera, or a DSLR camera. Most individuals take photos with their phone to make the process easier to transfer from phone memory too whatever marketing platform you are trying to sell your vehicle on.

I will be showing you this process with photos I have already taken in an enclosed environment at my work for better quality, but this process will work in whatever environment you are in. To help with the photo taking process, and to attract more viewers look into washing, waxing, and detailing your vehicle before capturing images for re-sale.


How To Steps

Starting Step: Start by photographing the front passenger side of the vehicle to show the viewer a outside view of the vehicle first.

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Second Step: Proceed to go into the inside of the vehicle to photograph the inside, starting with the center council to capture the display in reverse mode, and then on home mode. Then go on to capture the heating elements, and if the vehicle is a 4×4 then capture the push button and/or stick shift to show the viewer the options available.

 

 

Step Three: Move your camera back far enough to capture the entire steering wheel and part of the center council, then move in closer to capture any of the steering wheel amenities buttons (cruise control, volume control, and etc). Then place your camera near the horn to capture the dash display so viewers can see the mileage, the entire set up of the display, and if any lights are on.

 

 

Step Four: Step out of your vehicle, and then move to the front of the vehicle to capture a 180 degree area of your vehicle by capturing the front of the vehicle, then the front driver’s side, the back driver’s side, the entire back of the vehicle, and then the back passenger side of the vehicle.

 

 

Step Five: Move back to the front of the vehicle and then capture the front driver’s side tire so show your viewer the amount of tread that is still applied towards the tire. Then capture the inside of the vehicle starting with the front driver’s side, then capture an image of the inside of the door to show the viewer the amenities. Duplicate this process on the passenger side, back passenger side, and back driver’s side. Do not forget to capture extra amenities on the inside such as dvd players, remotes, headphones, and even the third row seat!

 

 

Step Six: Move to the back of the vehicle and if you have a car with a trunk then try and capture the best you can of the size and inside as you can. If you own a SUV/Van then open up hatch and capture the inside from the rubber seal in, then capture the button (if applicable) that automatically shuts your hatch. If you own a truck, then unlatch the tailgate and capture the inside of the bed of the truck. Also if you’re SUV, Van, or Truck has a hitch then capture an image of it to show the viewers the individual hook up’s and what condition it is in.

 

 

Step Seven: Move back to the front of the vehicle, lift the hood, and capture an image of the motor. If you have any extra amenities that are under the hood make sure to capture them also for the viewer’s information.

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Step Eight: Last but not least, capture an image of the keys. Your viewer’s like to see the keys to make sure that you have them, and the options that are provided upon the key fob (if you have that option).

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Extra Input: Some of the extra options that you can provide for your viewer that will help encourage them to possibly purchase your vehicle would to apply a video of the vehicle running so the viewer can hear the engine and exhaust conditions of the vehicle. If you own a 4×4, provide a video of the vehicle tow show that what condition that 4×4 transfer case would be in.


 

I hope this week’s How-To steps were helpful and informative towards your next re-sale. Please leave a comment on any improvements, and/or questions. Hope to see you next week, Thanks!

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My Go-To Thanksgiving Imagery for Under $10

 

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Hi there! This week’s blog post is to help you with picking out some appealing imagery for your blog, design work, or anything that you need that includes imagery for the up and coming holiday of Thanksgiving. I have generated a list of my top 10 go-to thanksgiving imagery that are all under (you better believe it) $10! Yes, that is right, $10! Super cheap, and very creative imagery that will not break your wallet. Yay!


 

1.Pumpkin pie with a very gorgeous white wooded background that gives a great perspective of what is to follow after the grand meal of only $8

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2. A cute place setting for the thanksgiving meal that is decorated upon a rustic backdrop, with a cost of $8

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3. Pumpkins, Apples, and Nuts for a uniquely natural Autumn concept that only costs $8

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4. Who doesn’t like a creative inspired place setting on this big holiday event? This cute little place setting helps bring out the thankful feast in any inspired way with a cost of $8

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5. A very unique feel towards this Autumn inspired holiday with a rustic Indian corn and brown fall leaves to give a little perk up before this cheerful holiday for only $5

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6. Some more amazingly delicious Pumpkin and Pecan Pie that are still within there bakery boxes, but ready to be devoured upon after the thankful feast of $10

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7. Who likes Cranberries? This particular image displays a wonderful ceramic saucepan that is gracious filled with a large amount of cranberry sauce upon a rustic wooden backdrop that will not break your wallet at only $5

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8. Yes, another place setting but with a totally different feel. The orange and black color scheme helps bring a different feel to any style worth presenting upon the thankful day for only $7

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9. A creative little selection of measuring spoons full of spices that bring out the over all Thanksgiving spirit with only being $8

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10. Last but not least, is a image worth a thousand colorful words. A definite Autumn inspired image that is enhanced with the colors of fall, and apply decoration upon a wooden rustic backdrop for only $8

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I hope that any or all of these images will help you with expressing your Thanksgiving day on any creative design output. Please, leave a comment below and show me how you used these creative images for your thankful day. Thanks!

15 Simple Posing Ideas

 

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I have had all kinds of issues over the years since I have been photographing with clients of trying to pose and position them to look good during a photo shoot. Well, with today’s blog post I am wanting to help you out, with my years (and continues practice) of mistakes of posing individuals/ your clients during a photo shoot and them turning out amazing. I am using a recent client of mines images from her professional head shot photo shoot, which she is an amazing photographer herself! Check her out her amazing work at Taylor Dixon Photography or connect with her on Facebook or Instagram!

In today’s post I have acquired 15 photographic posing points that will hopefully help you on your next big or small shoot with any potential client!


  1. Posing Stool Height – Normally should be at about knee height. If you want to add weight to a subject, lower the stool. If you wish to decrease the apparent weight, raise the stool. If stool is raised to it maximum a heavy set person will have to lean and reach forward to have his feet reach the floor. This brings his face closer to the camera, diminishing the apparent size of his body, it also stretches out his chin eliminating the double chin.
  2. Create a Solid Pyramid Base – Shoulders square to the camera subject looks too heavy and boring. Shoulders turned sideways = to narrow and not enough base. Shoulders at a 45 degree angle give good base and texture to the outfit.

 

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Sit Up for a Professional Looking Headshot

 

  1. Sit Tall – place your finger in the subject back on a lower vertebrae and subject will grow 2-3 inches. Avoids the slouchy look.
  2. Lean Forward Slightly – creates a better proportion between head and body and also creates implied movement.
  3. Project the Chin – This stretches out any double chin and keeps the face proportional. These first 5 steps should only take a bout ten seconds to complete and will add dramatically to the final portrait.
  4. Proper Eye Direction – Aim to have the shoulders, head and eyes in 3 different directions
  5. Proper Head Tilt – Men can have a masculine head tilt (slightly to the low or back shoulder) or no tilt (head square to the shoulders) Women can have a feminine head tilt (head tipped to the near or high shoulder) or a masculine head tilt. Do NOT photograph a man with the feminine head tilt.
  6. Proper Head Height – Typically the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the ear lobes should line up in a straight line. If nose is higher than ear lobes, you will see too much of the nostrils. If nose is below the ear lobes it can elongate the nose and over emphasize the forehead.
  7. Avoid Football Shoulders – Shoulders too square to the camera broadens the apparent size and weight of subject. Warning! Everyone who sits in front of your camera will almost always face square to the camera because they don’t know any better. But you do.
  8. Watch Nose and Cheek Lines – Be sure bridge of nose does not obscure the far eye and the nose should never intersect the cheek line
  9. Dealing with Glasses – Be careful that the glasses do not distort the cheek line. For reflections in glasses, raise the main light, tip glasses forward or lower chin.
  10. Don’t Overuse Hair Light – The hair light should b just a hint of light and not overpowering.

 

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Woman Posing Rule #13

 

  1. Women Posing – If it bends, bend it. Hands, wrists, knees, and ankles. Photograph the side of a hand not the back of it. Watch feet, hip and shoulder positions.
  2. Firing Squad Pose – Do not photograph heads on the same level. One head should be higher that the other. Mouth of taller subject should be level with the eyes of the shorter subject.
  3. Totem Pole Pose – Do not line up heads directly on top of the other. The person in back should be on one side or the other to avoid a static look.

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Black & White Newborn Photography

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I had the privilege of being able to photograph a new life coming into this beautiful world! This is the Armstrong family from here in Fort Wayne, IN that just recently got a new little addition named Maddox. I was able to photograph this handsome little guy, while also including his mother and father to the mix. These images are a few of the many that I was able to snag from this adorable photo shoot.

Car Show Photography

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I had the privilege of being asked to photograph my local communities yearly car show that takes place around the middle of August, and of course I said YES! These are a few of my photographic shots from the Car Show event.