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It comes a time when you want to replace your current model with a new one. Regardless, you want your prospective buyers to have an impression of the car looks like. You want to take the best pictures to evoke impulse buying. So, what should you do to take the best pictures of a car or truck? Here are ten steps to enhance your skills in car photography.

How to Take Pictures of Cars for Sale
How to Take Pictures of Cars for Sale

Have the Right Setting

Prep the shooting area before the photo session. That includes ensuring you have the right lighting. Thus, ensure the white balance matches the ambient. Alternatively, take the photos first then edit it on a computer.

Shoot in all Angles

Buyers need to see the details. Thus, shoot the front, rear, side and above, so they see the bonnet. However, only capture the engine if it features an exceptional addition.

Check the Shininess

When shooting, getting an even shininess becomes a challenge. A shiny paint job reflects a lot of natural light. The most effective way to prevent that is by using a polarizing filter. Using a tripod to bracket the exposure takes the car at the same angle and distance but with different light exposure.

Lookout for shadows

Beware of shadows falling on the car as you shoot. A tree shadow dissecting the cat in half, and a cluttered background makes the car look old and outdated. Eliminate such elements by moving the vehicle or through digital corrections.

How to Take Pictures
How to Take Pictures

Focus on the Cool Features

Speaking of details, a prospective buyer needs to know the exceptional features of the car. Hence, take close up photos of the performance oil meter gauge or a turbo tuner. Remember, pictures are worth a thousand words.

Remove Any Distractions

Make sure there is no distraction between you and the car. Also, avoid pulling the entire natural light as it blots out the white light.

Declutter the Interior

If you don’t remove clutter the interior, you invite low-ticket bids or none at all. If the interior looks shoddy, buyers think that the exterior is equally beaten up.

Take a Step Back

Taking a step or two back offers vivid details of the exterior. It also fills the frame with the entire car for a more revealing shot.

Try Using Artificial Lights at Night

For this, you require a tripod start and a remote shutter. Alternatively, you can use an auto-shot camera.

Don’t Hire a Professional

Unlike public opinion, professional photos hardly fetch the intended selling price of a car. Why? To buyers, Porsche photos appear like stock shots, and these scarcely appeal to prospective buyers. They think whatever you’re selling is not the actual vehicle.



Taking photos of to-be-sold cars is critical. There is a considerable difference between a serious seller and a fraud just from the photos they take. Heed to the above tips and see your used-car dealership business prosper.


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