8 Photography Tips Pros Use that Sell Cars Faster

With MCG free Marketplace opening soon, you’ll want to post the best pictures of your cars in order to sell quickly and get lots of attention.

MyClassicGarage will provide great looking templates. Combine those with your stunning photos and your free listing will get top dollar. You don’t’ need a professional photographer to get a decent shot, but you do need to know some basic guidelines:

1. LEAD IN SHOT
The lead in shot is the most important. It is the one that will be used as a thumbnail. Of all the cars for sale, people will look at the ones with the best thumbnail shots.The most dynamic lead-in shots are multi-angle ¾ shots. This shot gives 3-dimensionality to a car.

Turn the wheel to show it off before you take the shot. You don’t want to see the tire tread, but the wheel itself. Three-quarter shots show off the lines of the car.

2. DEPTH-OF-FIELD

Using low f/stop settings will focus the car and objects in front of the car and behind the car out of focus and somewhat blurry. This has the effect of making the car pop and is especially useful for outdoor shots and close up shots.

3. ANYTHING BUT EYE-LEVEL


Anyone can hold a camera at eye-level. Take shots at high and low levels. Be creative. This is a great example of a shot that was taken at low, middle and high angles.

4. EMBLEMS AND DRAMA

Emblems taken up close with a lot of depth of field create drama.

5. SAME SHOT, DIFFERENT ANGLES

As you are getting all of your shots — ¾ shots, profile shots, interior shots; don’t be afraid to get a high, medium, and low angle of each shot. What you see as you are looking at the car and what comes out “on film” are often different things. Having different angles to choose from will ensure the best-looking shots come out.

6. CROP LIBERALLY

Cropping can make your car standout, and how a picture is framed really makes a difference. Cropping allows for distractions to be cut out of the background.

7. CONTROL SHADOWS

Make sure your light source is behind you. This can be the sun or artificial lighting. You never want to shoot into the light because the photos will be overexposed and the car will be a shadow, making it difficult to see.

8. DITCH DISTRACTING BACKGROUNDS

Assure the background is neutral and uncluttered. Nostalgic backgrounds such as a park work well. Let your car be the star!

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