Photos and photographers

The quality of the presentation of your lot is essential to a successful sale! In order to help you not to forget anything and to make the best shots, we have prepared a checklist of photos to provide as well as a ‘How to’ guide in which you will find various tips to ensure a complete report. For your convenience, this list can be viewed, downloaded or printed. All photos are indispensable for cars. Of course, motorbike sellers can simplify - but not too much!

If you don't trust your photographic talents, there may be someone close to you who could help?
Alternatively, you could have a look at the list of professional photographers with their contact details we have compiled for you.

If you are a photographer and would like to be included in our database, please write to us at contact@lebolide.com.


A SHORT HOW TO PHOTO GUIDE FOR SELLERS

1- First of all, prepare for the shooting session

FIND THE RIGHT SPOT

Remember you’re selling the car. Do not let other objects or backdrops distract the attention. As long as it isn’t pouring with rain and the car is roadworthy, open your garage and get the car out.

Find a place that is quiet and uncluttered. Your car will look better if it's photographed outside, ideally in its natural surroundings.

Get the car into the light!

Or call a professional photographer who has his own studio.

GIVE THE CAR ONE FINAL WASH AND BRUSH UP

Wash and dry the outside of the car.

Clean and vacuum inside the car. Take everything out of the interior that doesn’t belong there…

…and empty the trunk.

WAIT FOR THE RIGHT LIGHT

We recommend a shaded location or an overcast sky. Take your photos either at sunrise or late in the afternoon so that the light is not too bright. Whatever your source of light, make sure that it’s even.

Make sure your own shadow or reflections don’t appear on the bodywork or windscreen and windows.

Don’t use a filter!

2- You're ready to go ! Here are some tips

Take the photos in a single session to keep a nice homogeneity, both in terms of atmosphere and also in terms of the information transmitted: a jigsaw puzzle of photos recovered from a previous owner and new photos, showing differences in registration, mileage, tyres sometimes, will create confusion among buyers.

START BY TAKING GENERAL PHOTOS OF THE CAR’S EXTERIOR

For this type of photograph, you should photograph the whole car. Leave space on either side to crop the photo. Kneel down or use a tripod. These eight angles must be taken to present the car properly:

Side view, passenger’s side

Side view, driver’s side

Rear view

Front view

¾ front view, passenger’s side

¾ front view, driver’s side

¾ rear view, passenger’s side

¾ rear view, driver’s side

Photograph convertibles with the top both up and down.

Now that you’ve done the wide shots, get up closer. Work your way around the car with the camera.

DETAILS COUNT

Galleries on leBolide can contain more than 100 photographs. The more there are, the better. You don’t have to photograph every last inch of the car but the buyers need to think that they have seen everything there is to see!

Arrange to have your car put on a lift and photograph its undercarriage.

NOW LET’S MOVE ON TO THE CAR INTERIOR

Photograph the interior of the car on both the driver’s and passenger’s side. Don’t forget to photograph the rear seats, the roof, the mats, the doors, the windscreen and windows. Put the steering wheel in the upright position and photograph the dashboard instruments, including the GPS screen, on and off.

We recommend you use a wide-angle lens for a complete overview of the interior.

Then use a standard lens to photograph details. As we’ve already said, details really count!

Put the steering wheel in the upright position. Turn on your GPS screen. The glass on the dials can be highly reflective; adjust your angle or use a polarizing filter to reduce glare.

Seat details

The gear lever

The radio

OPEN THE BONNET TOO…

Photograph the engine from as many angles as possible.

Photograph the manufacturer’s plate and other mechanical details.

…AND THE BOOT

Show the boot.

Photograph separately the manuals, the toolbox and all equipment that will be part of the sale.

SHOW EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY THE WORST PARTS!

Don’t hide anything and definitely don’t use Photoshop to cover up defects! Show them from the moment the ad is published rather than waiting for them to be discovered during the auction process or, worse still, when the car is delivered. Making digital changes to photos to hide defects on the car is unethical.

3- Be creative, get people to want what you are offering

Once the compulsory photos and those of the details are done, give your imagination free rein and add a few more photos with a personal touch to get people to want what you are offering. Lie down on the ground, move away, get up close, use an outdoor staircase or a ladder… In other words, be inspired!

Show the car moving. A car is made to be driven, after all!

4- Videos are a bonus!

Speaking of movement, if you get the chance to film your car, start by walking all the way round it. Then get it started so that those looking online can hear its engine sing.
Continue with a close-up of the engine running and of the exhaust. Accelerate gently and take the opportunity to film the dashboard instruments as the engine turns over.
Don’t forget the car’s defects and imperfections. To finish, film your vehicle moving from both outside and in.

BRAVO! YOU’RE NOW READY TO SUBMIT A LOT  

Download the checklist of photos to provide

Download the list of professional photographers