Photographing cars is near and dear to our hearts at Autoblog. We're proud of the images we publish in our reviews because we take nearly all of them ourselves rather than hiring photographers to do the work for us, and the man who sets the bar for our team is Director of Photography, Drew Phillips. He's Autoblog's own in-house professional photographer, and he's taught each one of us the tricks of his trade.

Many viewers of The List have told us that they also aspire to photograph their car like a pro, and while it's a tall order to teach you everything the pros know in a ten-minute video, there are many tips and tricks we can share that should get you most of the way there.

Enter Jessi and Patrick, who are going to go through a mini bootcamp for aspiring automotive photographers in today's episode of The List. First thing's first, though: They have to detail the car, so Joe Fernandez from Superior Shine Mobile Auto Detailing was called in to teach Jessi and Patrick the basics of professional auto detailing.

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      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Panning? Camera Rigs? Showing various lighting tools and set ups? Angles and general composition guidelines? (rule of thirds, etc.) Heck, anything about shooting a car specifically? Nah, we'll just show you about detailing and how to adjust an SLR camera.
      bleexeo
      • 3 Years Ago
      WTF, now I have a very clean car but no freaking idea how to actually compose and take photos of it. Guess I just have to go for a drive now and mess it all up again. Sigh.
      Morgan Reale
      • 3 Years Ago
      FAIL: you spent more time on detailing then explaining the photo process - No "do's and don'ts" Should have explained placement, angles, views ect. - I have an SLR but most people have a automatic camera - should have shown how to work that... This should have been called "Detailing your car for a photo"
      lexusallen
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was a total waste of time and deceptive given the title. If it was going to be a video on how to detail and wash/wax your car, I would have perhaps been just as interested and respected the work done here. This was a bad example of journalisim showing a lack of integrity, just tell the truth.I was really looking forward to tips on how to take great pictures of my rides, this was a cheat, too little time and advice. More sinful is that AUTOBLOG hasn't corected this error so others are not mislead.
      ack154
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was really hoping for some tips on actually photographing a car... Since that actually is the title of this. Pretty sure I got none of that. That makes me a sad panda.
      Chance Hales
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with TrailMix98. I found this to be very disappointing and didn't learn anything. I too was sad to see 7 minutes of this was about detailing and only about 2 minutes were actual shooting tips. Any who, here are a couple of my own pics. The Mazda6 is my personal vehicle and the other two I shot for a regional automotive website dailyderbi.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/chancehales/7383590768/in/set-72157627568197345/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/chancehales/7184151142/in/set-72157629697546716/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/chancehales/7013294775/in/set-72157629297577054/
      Jim Pease
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a waste of time!
      Rasky
      • 3 Years Ago
      Story seemed more about detailing than taking pics, which is fine by me I guess. Mostly I'm just glad to see a publication finally brought in a true pro to help with that aspect and not some hack! Joe is one of the best in the business, hand down! :)
        Andy Drake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rasky
        You got that right man! I am always amazed at what Joe can do. He has a gift for sure.
      Adam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Majority of video dealt with washing/detailing. Then the photo portion only had 1 photo in it. Disappointing video.
      James Jollay
      • 3 Years Ago
      This video should have been titled "Detail Your Car Like A Pro". It's obvious that a clean car will look better than a dirty one. That said, I've made good photographs of my car without any detailing whatsoever. Next time focus on the photography. I understand that photography is a complex subject, but if you would have left out the detailing part, I think a lot of useful info could have been presented to viewers that were hoping to learn something.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Auto photography 101....POLARIZER. Never leave home without one.
      Keldon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I noticed the detail guy didn't want to touch those old scratched up, hazy headlights. My experience is there's not much that can be done to bring those back.
        wictor.madsen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        Take a look at MCM's guide on how to restore your headlights. It should suit your needs perfectly. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy_WF5Iei_I
        Keldon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        @ Rasky and wictormadsen...thanks guys for the tips. I guess i meant there's nothing that can fully restore plastic composites to their original condition. I'm aware of the several brands of plastic cleaners and scratch removers out there, but believe me, i've tried many of them and was constantly disappointed.
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