One thing common to all enthusiasts here on fordtough, regardless of the model,colour or generation of F150 you own, is the quest for that heart stopping pic of your pride and joy.
You've spent untold hours and dollars turning your F150 into the truck YOU want, so it only seems natural to have a picture that showcases that effort to it's full potential.
Here's some quick and easy tips you can try.........
CHAPTER ONE: Functional Versus Fantastic
Let me distinguish between what I would consider to be a fantastic pic, and what would be a "functional" picture.
Functional pictures are typically (but not limited to) cell phone pics or any pics that convey a sense of "here's what I did, here's what it looks like".
Generally you'll use functional pictures to show quick and easy "before and after" mod shots....swapping out wheels, tail lights, intakes etc.
Meet & Greet's are another example of functional pics.
A fantastic picture is like a professional portrait of your ride, something you would mount up, frame and hang on the wall.
That being said, it's not for everyone.
Not everyone wants to go to the time or trouble to follow every tip found here, and that's OK.
But, it's not really all that difficult to take some simple steps to a better picture.
I'm going to use some of my own pics that illustrate some very common mistakes that are made by the amateur shutterbug (like myself) when taking pics of your ride.
All of these pics were taken with a basic point and shoot digital camera, and are presented in raw form, with no Photo Editor enhancements.
You don't need high end equipment either - I'm currently using a Canon Powershot SX120IS (10.0 Megapixel) point and shoot and I'm quite pleased with it.
For what I do, it suits the purpose.
Let's start with some basic examples of functional pics, and some of the problems that routinely can occur.
Again, nothing wrong with functional pics, they still serve a purpose.
- this pic suffers from half shadow/half light, missing body parts, and a cluttered background, not to mention the tail light in the foreground.
- great comparison of the '04 and '09 rear end styling, but not a great pic.
Nice to know when the shot was taken, but the date stamp is distracting.
- great shot of a Mustang the day it was delivered, but not a flattering shot of the car.
Too much going on in the background, various textures on the ground, and the glare of the snow.....crappy pic for ROTM.