December Mystery Car - What's in the photo and how to achieve this shot?
Hint: Built from 1968 through 1970 model years, this GT-style sports car was the only American-made, steel-bodied two-seater available at the time. And it was not manufactured by any of the “Big Three” in Detroit.
Answer: AMC AMX - Due to its short wheelbase and grunty V8, the AMX was considered a low-cost competitor to the Corvette, the only other American two-seater on the market. When powered by an optional high-compression 390 cu in (6.4 L) V8, the car supplied lots of bang for the buck. While it was never a big seller for AMC, the AMX did help to change the company’s stodgy econo-car image into a more youth-oriented one. And the AMX also won an award from the SAE as “Best Engineered Car of the Year” in both 1969 and 1970.
Photo tips seen on the AMX:
Playing the Angles:
Note the relatively low angle of this shot, slightly below the base of the windshield. This approach can create a more majestic presentation in a small car, making it look bigger than it really is.
For glamour shots, a slight tilt in the angle of the camera also gives a smaller car a more dynamic presence, but don’t overdo it, or the perspective will look unnatural. Typically with inventory photos, you'll want to avoid tilting the camera, especially on the first photo, to prevent inconsistencies on the dealership's website.
The Car is the Star:
Also note the position of the car relative to the background. There are several yards of space between the far side of the car and the hillside in the photo on the right. Separating a vehicle from its surroundings helps to make it more prominent. Otherwise if it’s too close to the background, it can become “part of the scenery”, rather than being the subject of the shot.