Take Better Off-Road Photos with These 5 Tips

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The summer season is just around the corner and we know you’re excited to get out and explore! In order for you to get the most out of your adventure, we thought a few tips for amazing photography would be helpful.

Choose Your Subject

While taking a close-up photo of your rig is always fun, in order to get really epic photos it’s best to place your subject (preferably a Toytec modified vehicle) in a scene. Also, try to find something else interesting either behind or in front of your subject. 

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Rule of Thirds

A tool every professional photographer uses regularly. When framing your photo, place your subject in one of the intersections in the top/bottom or left/right third of the frame. You can also crop the photos to place the subject in a more interesting spot. 

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The Golden Hour

The hour just after sunrise and just before sunset is commonly called The Golden Hour. During this time sunlight is softer and brings out reds and oranges in your photos  

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Bonus: The Blue Hour, just BEFORE sunrise and AFTER sunset rewards you with bluish, diffused light. 

Know Your Gear

Whether you’re shooting with a smart phone, point & shoot camera, a drone, or a high end DSLR, it’s worth taking a little time to learn about available settings. This article (https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-photography-tips-for-beginners/) from Make Use Of begins with a quick overview of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. Also note that most built in camera apps on smartphones don’t expose many settings, so look for a good add-on photography app for the best results. 

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Edit, but not too much

There is a very fine line between editing a photo for the maximum amount of “awesome”, and making it appear fake. Be careful with vibrancy and saturation settings, as these can quickly ruin a photo; try to avoid the “over HDR” trap (below). Most importantly, try to show off your amazing adventure in the most realistic way possible. 

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Hopefully you find these tips useful, and we definitely encourage you to continue learning about the great ways you can photograph your experiences. 

Have an amazing photo? Tag us #toytec on Facebook or #toyteclifts on Instagram and we may feature your work on our site!

Thanks to Toyota Cruisers & Trucks for their input on this article, and for sharing some of their examples.


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