We know we’re not the only site out there that encourages you to line your Western Star up like the supermodel it is and snap some gorgeous shots of it. Maybe you’ve tried a few times and you can’t manage to snap a picture that really captures the glory of your rig. That’s all right, no one gets it just right without a bit of practice.
In any sense, there are hundreds of tutorials out there on the internet for the curious hobbyist.
We talked to some professional photographers to find out just what you need to do to really make your Western Star look like the centerfold feature it really is. Follow the tips below and be sure to link us to the result!
We no longer have to live in a world where to get into photography you need to invest in a nice camera and a bunch of film. You never have to learn how to use a dark room. Most smart phones have cameras built into them with visual capabilities you would’ve only seen on professional shoots ten years ago.
If you don’t want to (or can’t) shoot with your phone, a point-and-click digital camera will serve nicely. Sunlight is all you need to shoot something as big as a semi-truck, so you don’t need to worry about that.
You want your truck to be in squeaky-clean condition before you get ready to take really great shots of it. Make sure your chrome is polished and the dirt is removed from any visible areas. Make sure your tires are all turned in the same direction: forward. Don’t have them tilted at an angle if you want a truly professional-looking shot.
Think about some of the best in the industry as your guide.
The time of day and the weather when you decide to shoot is going to determine the entire impact of the photos. Extreme, mega-watt sunlight is actually the least ideal of conditions because it will create a blinding-gleam against the finish on the truck. Wait until the sun is low enough to cast a shadow and then shoot on the opposite side of the shadows. That will give you the best definition.
Consider trying an overcast day for your shoot as well. It can create a truly badass final product with an ominous overtone. If you want your truck to seem really big and bad, get at a low angle and shoot tilted upward. It will create an effect of imposing on the viewer.
It’s a pretty common trick. Think about it next time you watch tv. We bet the scary bad guy is shot from below.
Your Final Product:
There’s a lot you can do with your computer after you’ve finished your shoot. If you want to feel like a real pro, we’ll call this period “post.”
If you’ve taken some individual shots of little pieces of your rig, you can stitch them together in a single collage style final product. Close-ups of the grille, rims, etc. do well with this.
Play with contrast and effects to really get the look you want. If you don’t want to go crazy, just make sure the brightness suits your aim and call it a day.