this is an introductory page to Cobra Photography Tips for
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
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
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-journalistquality
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...
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
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
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...
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
715 [for the best distances, angles and (camera) heights
for each variety of shot], and 3) the lightinguse
your flash! You'll be on the fast track to capturing (better
than) motor-journalistquality photos of your serpentine
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 widethat'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. 715) 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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Cobra Photography Tips how-to manual
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