Here it is, motorcar enthusiast: all you gotta do is invest about 6 minutes of reading time (the printable JumpStart version of Curt's Tips hotlinked below), and you'll be taking very good (or even breathtaking) motorcar photographs... instead of snore-inducing snapshots that will do nothing to inspire folks to become interested in your car.

Note: if you're going to photograph your Cobra (or Daytona Coupe or GT40 or any other Shelby metal) to put it up for sale, make certain you phone me first—BEFORE you aim your camera at your car.

There are 2 overriding reasons why I ask you to phone me
first—before you photograph your Cobra (or GT40):
1. Your car: my knowing the specifics of your serpent [the paint color—and whether it's metallic paint, the engine, the interior, whether you have a hard or soft top, and other considerations] will enable me to give you valuable and constructive tips for shooting your own car. Trust me on that.
2. Your camera: knowing a little bit about your digital camera and its flash will enable me to give you some valuable tips on how to make it work most effectively for you. Again, trust me on that.

I assure you that you'll save a lot of time and capture MUCH BETTER AND MORE INSPIRING photos of your own car if you phone me first. Phone me before you aim your camera at your car.

Here's a sampling of the typical Cobra and GT40 snapshots
we receive every day
. Check 'em out for yourself...
so you don't make these same mistakes!

Before you print out and read Curt's tips, click on each of these hotlinked
images so you'll see just how well his expert pointers will work for you!
full-car shots frontal shots cockpit shots engine shots


3/4-REARVIEW shots
Photo above is hotlinked.

And click here to see a dramatic example of why Curt counsels you to make certain your flash works with every single shot you take.

Now listen carefully: the motorcar photography tips ("jumpstart/condensed version") hotlinked below is not merely general hints for you to "glance at and ignore"; they're very specific "paint-by-the-numbers" guidelines by a Cobra photography expert that will virtually assure you that you'll be taking knock-'em-deadindeed, professional-qualityphotos of your car... and quickly! For example:

Your flash: when I advise you to make sure your flash works every time you snap your shutter, don't conclude I must be talking to everyone else: I'm talking directly to you. Make absolutely certain that your camera is set for "forced flash" or "fill flash" or "outdoor flash" so that your flash discharges with every single shot you take... no exception. Most modern cameras come shipped with you with the camera set on "Automatic" and the flash set on "Automatic." Not good. Set your camera on either "P" (for programmed operation) or "A" (for Aperture-preferred operation), and then set your flash for "Forced" or "Fill." All of your outdoor photography will benefit immensely as a result. If there is anything you find confusing about that piece of advice, then give me a call and I'll 'splain it all to you. No kidding.

"Low sun" advisory: for your "paint job" shots of your car (broadside shots, 3/4-view shots, frontal shots, etc.), when I counsel you that the sun MUST be down lownear dawn or dusk--that means if you point your finger at the sun, your arm will be horizontal (or near-horizontal), NOT pointed up toward the sky. This (low-angle, horizontal) sun is perfect light for capturing the color and the beauty of your paint job. [Harsh, high-in-the-sky sun is the very worst illumination you can choose to photograph your carit virtually guarantees that all the top surfaces of your car will be bleached out, your windshield and chromed parts will reflect blinding glare, and the lower regions of your coachwork (where the body of your Cobra, Daytona Coupe or GT40 curves under) will be a shadowy, colorless, murky mess.]

Your engine and cockpit shots: when I advise you to shoot your engine and cockpit outdoors and in bright daytime SHADE (the shade of a building—not tree shade), that means OUTDOORS AND IN BRIGHT MID-MORNING OR MID-AFTERNOON SHADE... WITH NOTHING BUT OPEN SKY OVERHEAD, it doesn't mean "under direct sunlight," it doesn't mean dusk/evening (dark) shade, and it doesn't mean "in your garage." The likelihood that you'll capture good photographs of your engine or cockpit under direct sunlight is zero. ZERO.

Now, just one more time: YOUR ENGINE: position your engine compartment directly over something bright white—a white shower curtain liner, a smooth white bedsheet... something white. WHITE. For some reason, many folks fail to heed that very effective engine photography tip. Just test my gentle suggestion to position your engine over a white shower curtain liner (about $6 at Wal-Mart) or a white flat bedsheet—and still outdoors, in bright mid-morning or mid-afternoon shade—you'll discover that your engine-compartment shots will be SIGNIFICANTLY brighter and better illuminated.

Your head on/direct frontal shots: when I say "Your camera MUST be very close to the front of your car [hint: measure off precisely 6 feet]—that doesn't mean it's okay to be farther away and just "zoom-in" with your lens: it means specifically that—if you want to achieve the desired "menacing perspective of an approaching hammerhead shark"—your camera lens MUST be about 6 ft. to 6.5 ft. (±1.8 to 2 meters) in front of your car. No exceptions. Shoot with your camera at various heights, from just above your grille opening to about the vertical center of your windshield (windscreen).

Follow my expert tips to the letter and you'll be assured of capturing excellent (i.e., superb, dazzling, awesome, magnificent) photos of your serpent. Next: click on #1/JumpStart Cobra photography tips below (and print it out):

1. Curt's jumpStart/condensed Cobra Photography tips: It prints out on one page. It's a mere 6-minute readso PRINT IT OUT, read it carefully and take it along with you as a reminder checklist. Tip: this high-resolution condensed version prints out beautifully on glossy or semi-gloss inkjet paper.

If you're photographing your Cobra or GT40
or Daytona Coupe to put it up for sale:

PHONE CURT FIRST-after you've looked over the gallery of excellent amateur Cobra photography hotlinked above, and after you've printed out and read Curt's MPT/Motorcar Photography Tips (The JumpStart version, above)...but before you photograph your car... at

(661) 251-0806 Pacific Time

Curt's personal tips specific to your own car (tips specific, for example, to its paint color and livery, the interior color(s), the engine, how to best photograph your hard top or soft top, your shooting location, et al.) and specific to the digital camera you'll be using will save you time and help to ensure your photos will show off your car in all its breathtaking beauty!

Remember: one good photograph is worth
1,000 uninspiring snapshots.

Cobra photo-frontal shot by Ataturk Ercen
 Above: Turk Ercen (Vacaville, California) captured this image of his E.R.A. 427SC. 
If he hadn't used his flash, this fine shot would've been a throwaway.

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