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AUCTION CAR PHOTO TIPS: Using A Cell Phone To Photograph Your Vehicle
Front 3/4 image showing the front and side of the vehicle simultaneously.

We have all heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words,” right? Many sellers often overlook the importance of photographs when consigning their vehicle to an auction.

Each year the numbers of bidders who are not onsite for an entire auction grows – absentee, internet and telephone bidding has become an important and popular way to place bids. These prospective buyers account for millions of dollars spent at Barrett-Jackson auctions. They are making decisions without seeing the vehicle in person, based on photos and information provided by the consignor. Many prospective buyers might skip over a car with poor-quality images.

While hiring a professional photographer or using professional equipment to capture images of your vehicle is optimal, it’s not practical for everyone. If you do hire a professional, make sure you understand your usage rights and get a release. Luckily, today’s smartphones have better cameras than what were used to film the original “Star Wars” movies. They are more than capable of taking high-quality photographs. For this article, we used an iPhone 13 Pro.

Here are some useful tips for capturing clean, clear and well-lit images of your vehicle:

Side profile image of the car.

TAKE YOUR TIME. We know you are excited and eager to shoot, but it can be challenging to find the right spot with the proper lighting. Finding the right location will likely be the most time-consuming part of the photo-taking process. Check out the site first to ensure it will work for you to avoid putting any unnecessary miles on your collector car.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. While scouting the location (more on that below), feel free to practice by photographing your daily driver. This can be helpful if you are unfamiliar with how your phone’s camera works or don’t use it much. Practice will boost your confidence and make photographing your collectible vehicle more successful.

LOCATION. While the rear of a supermarket, department store or warehouse may not sound like the prettiest location, it offers fewer background distractions than areas where you would see a driveway, grass or snow and pavement with parking lines and debris. Think “blank canvas,” your goal is to market and sell your car, not to create an artistic masterpiece.

When scouting a location, find a space without trees, poles or signs in the background so that while you are photographing your vehicle, you will only need to watch for people, animals or reflections in the photo.

REFLECTIONS. Be aware of unwanted reflections in that beautifully detailed paint job. Keep an eye out for reflections of yourself, parking lines, poles and other cars. Finding a minimal or zero reflection scenario might be difficult, depending on your vehicle’s body lines.

Pro Tip: If you absolutely cannot find a place, an angle or a time of day that won’t throw huge reflections across the side of your car, hold a pair of polarized sunglasses over your phone’s lens and rotate them until reflections are minimized.

Rear 3/4 image showing the rear and side of the vehicle simultaneously.

LIGHT. Outdoors in the open shade is best for even lighting and reflection reduction. After selecting a location, feel free to check it out at your desired photographing time to ensure it is not busy and verify that the lighting will work. If you can’t find any open shade, don’t worry – wait for the “magic hour” just before sunset or get up early the next day to catch the sunrise.

Even lighting is also crucial for photos of the engine and interior. Do not use flash and avoid shooting indoors or in low-light scenarios where blurriness and loss of detail can occur.

REQUIRED IMAGES. Once you start taking photos, remember you need a minimum of six photos, one showing the Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, a shot of the interior, the engine, a side profile and the two most essential angles: the front 3/4 and rear 3/4.

A front 3/4 image refers to the angle showing the front and side of the vehicle simultaneously, not just three-quarters of the car. Similarly, a rear 3/4 image refers to the opposite side showing the rear and side of the vehicle simultaneously.

To capture your vehicle’s best “stance,” hold your phone/camera at a lower angle, 2 to 3 feet off the ground.

Pro Tip: If your phone has multiple lenses and your location allows for it, try using the telephoto lens and getting farther away from your vehicle for a few shots.

Other images are also welcome: details, direct front and direct rear, among others.

Interior image.

TAKING THE PHOTOS. Most importantly, make sure your phone’s camera lens is clean. It won’t matter

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AUCTION CAR PHOTO TIPS: Using A Cell Phone To Photograph Your Vehicle
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/auction-car-photo-tips-using-a-cell-phone-to-photograph-your-vehicle/
Published Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2022 16:29:24 +0000

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
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Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

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The 6.5L F140 GA V12

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The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

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cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
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