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Photography Tips for RockAuto Collector Series Magnets
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Have your car look its best. Beautiful scenery in the background is fine, but also feel free to photograph your vehicle in front of your favorite garage, at a car show, at a car club event, off road, on a city street, at the drag strip or with some other interesting background. Please help us maintain some anonymity by not including images of identifiable people or signage. View the full collection of RockAuto Collector Series magnets here.

Tips for taking the best picture of your car:

  • Do not try to have the car take up the entire frame of the image. It is actually preferred to have plenty of background around the car in order to properly fit it on the magnet.
  • Look at the lighting on the vehicle. Artificial lighting will cast harsh shadows on the car. The periods around sunrise and sunset provide the best natural lighting. This way, you'll get warm sunlight on your subject and you'll avoid the overtly harsh brightness of the midday sun, which will cause problems with reflections. Avoid taking pictures from the "shady" side of the car.
  • Avoid reflections from trees and other objects.
  • Remove any distractions from the vehicle and clear away any litter. Just like you would remove distractions from a photograph of a person.
  • Front 3/4 angle or side views usually best show off the car.
  • Take pictures at the highest resolution possible.
  • Do not edit the image(s). License plate information, cropping, touching up, color adjustment etc. will all be taken care of in production.

Submitting- Send your favorite high resolution image(s), a short story about your vehicle and what parts you have purchased from RockAuto to flamur@rockauto.com.


Examples of good images

...and not good images

Lots of nice background to fit onto magnet Not enough background to fit onto magnet
Lots of background to fit onto magnet Not enough background to fit onto magnet
Good lighting Bad lighting with shadow covering vehicle
Good lighting Bad lighting with shadow covering vehicle
Nice clean background Distracting background
Nice clean background Distracting background
Good angle Not a good angle
Good angle Not a good angle