When I upgraded phones last time, I upgraded to iPhone with the most storage possible! The saleswoman, Kim at Verizon (my girl!), agreed that doing so was my best bet! Kim's co-worker looked puzzled. Kim explained, "Well... she has cute kids!". I added to it by throwing in the fact that I LOVE my truck, and tend to take pics of it often too. Kim laughed, her co-worker looked like a deer in headlights. Oh, well. Diesel trucks are not for everyone, and pictures are not either!
Not many people know, but I started getting involved with the diesel community and industry, not by building a truck, but by taking pictures at events! My dad sled pulls in the SouthEast states (Georgia mainly, but has added Tennessee, the Carolinas, and even Kentucky), through that I picked up my camera and one thing lead to another, and opened some really neat doors for me. Since that time, not only did begin Diesel Doll (because I wanted a place us women could show off their trucks), but I have been published in Diesel World Magazine, Full Pull Magazine, various local newspapers. BUT, this is not the point of this blog, the point is to give a few tips on taking pics of your trucks, diesel or not!
A CLEAN SLATE IS BEST
Well.. kind of. This really depends on what look your going for. I mean obviously, if you want to prove that your truck isn't a "pavement princess", then this tip definitely doesn't apply to you! Personally, my truck photographs well, cleaned up. This tip can also apply to your background- you don't want any trash or any other vehicles in the shot to take away from your subject- your truck! If you do have a background, like a city scape or mountains in the shot, that is okay, we have a tip for that!
Space and Distance
Space and Distance can make your shot. Whether its space between your truck and the background, or space between yourself and your truck. Even if you are in the shot, you don't always have to be right up on your truck to "take pictures with your truck". The major point with this is that you get all of your background in the frame, your entire truck in the frame and you could still get a good shot of you or the truck owner in the frame, as well. We don't always have room to do this set up, so we have to sometimes get creative!
Filters & Editing
My best piece of advice, less is more. Ladies, I know you have heard that saying applied to make up application, and to me, it applies here, too. Keep you images clean with minimal edits and no crazy filters!
Cropping & Angling
When taking your picture, remember to use the "Rule of Thirds", photographers use this a lot to make their images even more visually appealing- this rule isn't for every photo, but it is helpful! Another tip for angling your camera on your truck- get on the ground! Literally. Anytime you take pictures shooting up towards your subject, your subject is going to appear taller, bigger! I can't tell you the times I have laid on the ground to take a picture!
These are just a few of our tips and we hope you find them helpful!