Note: this is an introductory page to Cobra Photography Tips for Dipsticks. When you've finished scrolling down this page and viewed all the before/after side-by-side shots, click the pulsating red button to take you to the 20-page 'Dipsticks' how-to book!

Okay. We didn't think it prudent to label it "for DUMMIES," since Wiley Publishing probably wouldn't grasp the humour. But, shucks, we also think that "for DIPSTICKS" works just fine, given the subject matter.

As you may know, I've been writing about, publishing about and photographing Shelby Cobras and Cobra replicas, Daytona Coupes and GT40s since the 1980s.

I published my first how-to books on motorcar photography back in 1987, the most popular two titled "Photographing Your Specialty Car for Publication," and "Photographing Your Street Rod for Publication." Many thousands of those little how-to manuals sold over the next several years. But you can ignore the $24.95 cover price: that little serpent-specific gem is yours for at no charge as a CobraCountry advertiser, or even if you're only seeking to capture terrific photos of your car to post on your club's website.

Before you click on the link to "...for Dipsticks," check out each set of paired photos below. Each set is of the same Cobra, shot with the same consumer digital camera by the same owner/photographer. The only difference between Photo1 (birdcage-liner snapshot) and Photo2 (superb, motor-journalist–quality photograph) in each matched pair is merely a pinch of gained-and-applied motorcar photography expertise.

On the left, you see, is a routine example of one of the snapshots an owner just like you took of his Cobra BEFORE he (or she) read my photography tips; on the right... well, you get the picture...





"The snapshooter aims and clicks his shutter once and says to himself 'I hope that came out good.'

"The veteran photographer captures a series of each shot, so that he (or she!) is dead certain that at least one came out good. 

That one simple 'tweak in technique' constitutes a major difference between
 a snapshooter and an experienced photographer." 

Steve Evans
Roswell, New Mexico


You've no doubt heard (and repeated) the old proverb "A picture is worth a thousand words." Sage advice for mugshots and aerial surveillance. But for selling your Cobra, that old saw should be revised to "One good photograph is worth a thousand birdcage-liner snapshots."


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 Oh! cellphone-vs.-digicam comparison:

Engine photo on left was shot with an iPhone; the one on the right is the same engine compartment shot by the same owner/photographer... but with his inexpensive consumer digital camera. Now perhaps you see why I counsel folks to NOT EVEN CONSIDER using a (sigh) telephone to photograph their car...

   Every one of these Cobras you see above SOLD on CobraCountry...

Now, you've no doubt heard me preach this before: good photographs like you see on the right (above) help you line up buyers. Snapshots like you see on the left, help you line your birdcage. And be advised: your pet parakeet (or crossbill or cockatiel or California condor) will probably go on strike and refuse to poop on your birdcage-liner snapshots.

Follow my tips carefully. Pay special heed to 1) shooting discipline: don't roam around your car, stopping here & there to click your shutter in trial & error fashion. The trial & error process has already been done for you; 2) the 'Checklist' pages 7–15 [for the best distances, angles and (camera) heights for each variety of shot], and 3) the lighting—use your flash! You'll be on the fast track to capturing (better than) motor-journalist–quality photos of your serpentine drivin' machine.

One other thing: all the photos and graphics in '...for Dipsticks' are in HIGH RESOLUTION. So if you have a larger-than-average computer monitor, you can increase the magification to 150%, 200%, 250%, up to 300%, and see those photos with much greater clarity. Easier to read the text as well.

Click on the pulsating red button below. Print out the 20-page '...for Dipsticks' manual (it's laid out in standard North American 8.5"x11" letter size; you'll need to downsize it accordingly if perchance you reside in some more civilized locale that uses A4 size). It's all high-resolution graphics and text, so if you have premium-quality paper (or better yet, photo-quality satin or glossy paper), use it. The left margin is extra wide—that's so you can 3-hole punch it for a 3-ring binder and retain it for your ready reference... and so you'll have the 'Checklist pages" (pp. 7–15) to refer to during your shooting sessions (that's a subtle hint for you). You'll find the newest addition (schematic illustrations, page 15) most useful: its clear illustrations provide you with a quick visual reference guide for all six of your most critically important shots. Print a spare copy of it, fold it up and have it in your pocket for ready reference.

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