Anyone can take a picture of his car. But is it a good picture? Probably not.

However, the folks at Nissan offer up some solid tips on getting the most out of your photo instead of trying to rely on photoshop afterward. The video below offers some great step-by-step instructions, but here are the highlights:

1. Get up early: The best light is the first and last hour of sunlight.

2. Wear kneepads: Low angle shots are often a good choice for car pictures.

3. Clean up: Bring cleaning equipment to make sure the car looks its best.

4. Avoid gray skies: Unless the photo is black and white, gray skies just depress people.

5. Get a great car: Nissan shot the video of photographers making the all-new compact 2013 Sentra look great. If they can do that, you should have no problem doing something better with your wheels.

Scroll down to see the short video.


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      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The sky is gray in the picture they're showing
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      The actually looks decent....they covered that black eye left from the last boxy sentra
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 2 Years Ago
      These instructions might sound quite obvious, but then there won't be so many bad car pictures in the net…
      Phil B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of the four points listed, I'd have to say #2 -- shoot from a low level -- is the most important. I've seen so many shots of nice cars ruined by the fact the photo was taken at eye level, which is a BIG no-no. Hip level or thereabouts is key.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phil B
        It depends on the vehicle. For Example, the new Buick Encore looks really goofy in pictures taken at a low level. But when you see it in pictures from a higher vantage point, the proportions of the car work much better.
      Daniel Garay
      • 2 Years Ago
      First
      Sebastian Baba
      • 2 Years Ago
      Read the title and was excited at the chance to see a versa get filled with holes. Read the first sentence and was very disappointed.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sebastian Baba
        What's worse is that's the Sentra. Yikes.
      SheldonRoss
      • 2 Years Ago
      But should I use .45 acp or .40 S&W?
        Kris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        I would prefer .50 BMG or at least .308 Win
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      "5. Get a great car. Nissan shot the... all-new compact 2013 Sentra..." ...Nissan is paying Autoblog to write that, is what it is.
        EdgarAllenP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Read the whole line Troll... 5. Get a great car: Nissan shot the video of photographers making the all-new compact 2013 Sentra look great. If they can do that, you should have no problem doing something better with your wheels. They're saying your own car should be easier to make look great because, hey, that's just a Sentra.
          MotionDesigner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EdgarAllenP
          Troll? You can always tell who the internet warriors are when they reply to pretty much anything they don't agree with as "troll". Yes, EdgarAllenP, I'm totally trolling here! Dumbass...
          MotionDesigner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EdgarAllenP
          And btw, I DID read the whole article. AB is not bashing Nissan, they are simply saying we can do a good job too. This may be my opinion, but why does AB have to say "the all-new compact 2013 Sentra" instead of simply saying "the new Sentra"? That is in addition to the title "Let Nissan teach you how to shoot your car." Sounds like a freaking advertisement to me. But oh no, I must be trolling again!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      1. Get up early: But not too early, you need to sleep off those beers. You want to make sure you are sober and not hung over before you go shooting. 2. Wear kneepads: Low angle shots are often a good choice, but make sure you are not in any danger of ricochets. Wear eye protection and ear protection. Safety first. 3. Clean up: Bring cleaning equipment and oil to make sure the gun shoots its best. Also picked up your spent shells and casings. It's common courtesy. Plus you can reload them later if you have the right equipment. 4. Avoid gray skies: Bullet holes don't show up as well. 5. Get a great car: Any old jalopy will do. Preferably not the one you drove up in, as you do need to get back home. Have some one follow you. Might consider getting your pal with the tow truck to haul the old clunker out there if it doesn't run. Promise him a case of beer and he'll agree. Don't let him shoot though. He's dangerous. Plus that will violate his parole. In fact you might want to consider your other buddy with the roll back instead.
      j
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad if this is news...
      Mark_H
      • 2 Years Ago
      re get a great car: agreed. So where's the GT-R or 370Z?
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