When you're ready to shoot pictures of your cars, there are a few things to consider regarding picture size and content. The best way to take the pictures is also the easiest and cheapest. Shoot them with a digital camera.

To upload properly to our web sites, we need a minimum picture size of 1024 X 768, but not much bigger. Please photograph them in the high resolution mode on the camera, and then copy and reduce the pics to 1024 X 768 for uploading. Make sure you save the originals in the large format.

If you need some help, we can show you how to reduce the file sizes when you're ready to send them to us. You can contact us at 888-SHELBYGT, ext 1. The better the pictures, the faster your car will sell.

Shoot the pictures in daylight. No shade, or shadows from trees, power lines, etc. Find a setting with a nice background. Your driveway in front of your home would most likely be fine. A local park or university is usually a good venue too.

Make sure the sun is at your back when you're taking the picture. That means you'll have to move the car around a bit to shoot it from all sides, always keeping the sun at your back. Try to leave anything out of the picture that would add clutter (garbage cans, kids toys, etc.)

We need a full set of pictures (70-80) so prospective customers can evaluate the condition of the cars, and answer most of their questions up front. It's the only way they will have of determining whether the cars are worth spending money on to fly in and inspect, or to hire someone to do it. The more pictures, the better.

Please include the following in your shots:

Exterior - from all four corner angles, and straight on front rear and side, showing the entire car in the frame

Interior - instrument panel, front and rear upholstery, headliner, carpet

Engine compartment - taken from each side and the front - close ups of the engine itself and a wide shot taken from the front including the underside of the hood

Trunk - with and without the mat, showing the top of the gas tank

Data Plate – On a Mustang, for example, you'll find this on the face of the driver\'s door just below the latch. It\'s either a riveted metal tag, or a sticker, depending on the year model of the car. It should have the car\'s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on it, as well as some other codes below the VIN. Other makes have VIN numbers and data tags in various locations. On classic cars, the fender apron and firewall are typical places to find them. A quick Google search using “(year) (make) VIN location” as a search term will take you to a web site that can help. Take several pictures of the VIN tag with the flash on and off. Make sure you can read it after you shoot it.

Undercarriage - No, you don't have to put it on a lift. The easiest way to shoot the undercarriage is to put the camera on the ground directly below the door sills, point it toward the center of the car, tilt it up very slightly, and shoot. No need to look through the viewfinder. Make sure the flash is on first. Take three pics from each side, and three from each end of the car (just inside the front wheels and centered).

Documentation - Take a close up pic of any build sheets, window stickers, invoices, broadcast sheets, production history reports (for Ford products, a Marti Report), owner’s manual, etc. and include with the photos of the car. Keep all maintenance receipts (oil and filter changes, tune ups, etc.) showing what and when it was done.

VIN and Data Plate - make sure you can read them