Tips for Shooting Better Vehicle Pictures

Taking photos of cars and trucks is one of our specialties, it has become almost second nature to us. Just like all things, it requires proper practice and patience. We would like to share some tips and tricks we use to get the best car and truck pics.

Pick the right time to shoot

One of the most common errors a lot of beginners do is not knowing the right time to have a shoot, this goes for any type of photo as well. The best time to shoot is just after sunset. Use a good tripod to ease the entire process.b8

Look for reflections

One of the things I hate to see in car pictures is unsightly reflections in the paint of the vehicles. Make sure you look around and look closely at the truck or car and make sure there’s nothing in the reflection. You want to make sure there is no tress or buildings are any other distractions that can show in the vehicles paint. Also, make sure you are not in the reflection as well.

Rolling Shots

Rolling shots are some of the best car and truck pictures you can take. Rolling shots are captured by, shooting the vehicle out of another moving vehicle. Make sure to adjust the shutter speed to 1/100th of a second. If you do this you will get a nice picture that has a blurred background but a clear vehicle. More info on how to capture the perfect rolling shot here.

Vehicle Color

When trying to capture the best vehicle picture you need to keep the car or truck color in mind. Some colors act really different with direct sunlight, so test and play around with the amount of light you want in the picture.


Another thing I really hate is seeing horrible backgrounds in truck and car pics. One key thing when taking a picture is making sure the background matches the car or truck you are shooting. If you are taking a picture of an offroad truck, don’t take it in front of a play structure or something.

Action Shots

Another cool shot to take is action shots. One of the things I like to do when shooting offroad trucks is getting out into a dusty dirt field or muddy field, and get the truck to whip up so dust or mud. This makes for an awesome shoot and really shows off the capabilities of the truck. Or if you’re shooting a sports car, get the car to do some drive-bys, to showcase the speed of the car. Stand by the side of the road and wait for the car to zoom past you. It will make for a nice blurred pic.