Achieving good photography on vehicles are not as easy as you might think. While it can be simple enough to really capture clear and concise images of a stationary vehicle, it is a lot more difficult to capture the entire essence of the vehicle including its detail and design. In order to maximize your results, you are going to want to implement the tips I am sharing below:
#1 – Location
One of the more important things to keep in mind when you are looking to properly shoot vehicles is the location of the vehicle in question. First, you want to make sure that the vehicle is at the very center of attention. Therefore, you should avoid any location that can steal the thunder from your intended subject. Also, you will want the location to effectively enhance the car’s appearance. Thus, you will want to try to find a suitable location for your specific car in order to really bring out the best in it through the photograph. For instance, a rugged photograph of a car would require a background like an abandoned factory or warehouse. Or a hippie look with a background of assorted colors and stuff, you know what I mean. Bottom line is find a location that would make your car stand out from other elements in the photo.
#2 – Lighting
The lighting is one of the most important things that you can get right when it comes to any kind of photography. However, this is especially true when you are dealing with car photography. Depending on where you plan on shooting your vehicle, you are going to want to make sure that you are choosing the right time. The best times to shoot photographs are going to be either during the sunrise in the early morning or through the sunset towards the evening. At this point, you are going to have natural sunlight that can provide you with the absolute perfect lighting conditions to bring out the best in your car photography. If this is not an available option for you for some reasons, you are going to want to be sure that you choose the right kind of artificial lighting that can provide you with the best results. There are different things that you can do in order to do this, but it will require a lot of testing and tweaking to get it right. A light reflector or a light box will help you get the right lighting.
#3 – Perfect Angle
Another important thing to consider when you are taking photographs of cars are the angles that you take them at. Having your car set up in a great location with the perfect lighting is only going to go so far. You want to not only make sure that you are correctly portraying the car the way that you intend to within the photographs, but you also want to be sure that you are highlighting all of its best features as well. Thus, you will want to make sure that you are really maximizing angles to your advantage in doing so. By choosing the right angles, you can really shoot the car in its best form. Experiment on every angle. That way you can focus on the best angle and then maximize such by enhancing the lighting and your creativity.
Overall, there are a lot of different things available to assist you with getting the right photograph. Your high-end camera comes with the best features to enhance certain shots. You also have the software to manipulate results and adjust on the emphasis of the photo. Try to get used to mixing every features and choose the best shots depending on the concept you are trying to relay in the photographs. Always make your subject stand out and put in a story for every single shots you take.
You just got your new car and are excited to drive miles. But having one does not only require your knowledge on how to drive. You should know little troubleshooting and how you can maintain and keep it at its best all the time. You just spent thousands of bucks for it – you don’t wanna ruin it soon. For sure some people even name their cars and treat it so precious. I have nothing against it, in fact Dana (my car) can show you how I treat her too.
The following simple tasks do not require long hours to be accomplished. In fact, you can do these while waiting at the gas station (whenever you decide to fill your tank).
#1 – Clean windshield
Cars with dirty windshields are prone to accidents since they are blocking your viewpoint while on the road. And you will always want to get a clearer view all the time (trust me!) especially at night. Give it a regular cleaning by using a sponge and a cleaning fluid. Give it a stroke from the middle to the side and then top to bottom. There are a lot of smaller elements on the road that can litter your windshield and sometimes can even be messier when your wipers fail to remove them completely thus leaving some sticky or oily dirt. You have also be mindful as to when you should call for a windshield repair and replacement since broken or even chipped windshields put your life in a serious danger.
#2 – Check Tire Pressure Always
Tires having correct pressure usually have longer lives and can increase your fuel efficiency. Over-inflated or under-inflated ones may also put your life into danger when on the road, chances are you can have a tire blow out. Worry not, it won’t give you a pain in the ass when you do this yourself (umm nobody else will) it only takes less than 2 minutes. Remember: to get an accurate reading, make sure you check the tires when at cold state, meaning before you drive around on them or it still can if the gas stop is just less than a mile away from your house. On the other hand, if you’ve been driving on your tires for hours, you should rest them for at least 4 hours before you can check the pressure. There’s a sticker or a paper-like note attached on your car about the pressure recommendation, follow these all the time, no more questions asked! Next it to check the tire using a pressure gauge and if this does not meet the recommendation, fill them up with the required psi.
#3 – Oil Level Check-up
Motor oil plays an important role in keeping your good car’s performance. It lubricates all your engine parts so they don’t grind and malfunction. The heat is also transferred away from the combustion cycle and the byproducts are then held and trapped in the process, sending them to the oil filter. Your car will be dead without the motor oil – and topping them off makes it very important for all car owners.
You have to regularly check the oil to the point that it’s becoming part of your driving habit. Well that’s a bit of exaggeration. Checking it when you fill up is ok but every other gas fill up will do. Here’s the procedure:
- Make sure your car is on level ground for accuracy of checking. Find your engine’s dipstick (normally the word OIL is written on it)
- Pull the dipstick out
- Wipe it clean with a clean cloth or a paper towel
- Put it back all the way in to check the oil level
- Pull it back up again but not upside down position. The oil level can be read by checking where the oil part ends and where the dry part starts. If the oil line is between two marks, it’s ok and you are all set otherwise if at the bottom mark you need to add some oil. Too much oil is never good for your engine too.
Alright, these are the basic stuff you need to remember when driving your new car. There are some more maintenance tasks I’ll be discussing here which involves a deeper knowledge on your car and how it should be maintained. But knowing the above and applying them as needed will surely make your car look new everyday.
Depending on which country you are staying, there are seasonal factors to consider when you are wanting to buy a new or second-hand car. The logic of aiming to save a few bucks is the same though. When I bought my very first car, I had no idea about the tricks. Although it is human nature to consult your deal offers with your family and few friends (moral support yeah!). I honestly needed someone beside me to tell me that my choices and decisions were okay. Well, it worked just fine but the deal could have been better if I had heard of the following pointers on buying a car:
These are tips coming from the people in the field, who are experienced at getting great deals on cars. Admit it, the best feeling in the world is to see how your hard work pays off. And having a car of your own is a living proof that your lifestyle is changing. It’s not something to brag about but it’s definitely something to be proud of. So if you wanna save money from buying such luxury, there’s nothing wrong with knowing how to bargain for it.