Taking great photos
Friday 16 July 2010
Photos sell cars, so it’s important to get some good shots of your car looking its best. We show you how.
The first step is to clean your car thoroughly: find out how with our guide to preparing your car for sale.
Make sure you keep the camera steady, checking the camera’s focus is sharp and not blurred – most cameras have an automatic setting for this.
• Parking with an unsightly background
• Taking photographs in dull, overcast weather or at night
• Taking pictures from above or too low down
• Artificial light and direct sunlight
• Cutting part of the car off, unless you’re photographing details
• Park your car somewhere bright and spacious if possible – a clean driveway is ideal
• Leave plenty of room for you to walk around the vehicle and take pictures from different angles
• Remove any distractions such as luggage and rubbish
• Make sure the car is well lit but not too bright
What to photograph?
• Front corner
• Rear corner
• Front straight-on
• Back straight-on
• Side profile
• Close-up of a wheel – especially if they are alloys
• The dashboard
• Front and rear seats
• Inside the boot
• The engine bay
• Any damage to your car
• If your car’s a convertible, take a picture with the roof down and another with the roof up
Remember to take more than one picture of each area to give you choice later on. Try to keep the whole car in the image.
Uploading your photos
Choose the nine best photos and decide on the main image – an image of the whole car taken from the left or right front corner is best.
Use a selection of images that gives buyers a complete view. Save the images together in a folder.
Photos must be:
• JPEG format (or ‘.jpg’)
• S single shot of the car – montage images will be rejected
• With backgrounds – cut outs are unacceptable
• original photos – library images will be rejected as they’re not a true representation of your vehicle
You can choose to resize the images to 640×480 pixels, using a programme like Paint or Adobe Photoshop. If this isn’t possible, Auto Trader will automatically resize the images when you place your advert.
If you don’t have a digital camera, you can use a scanner to upload your photos.
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