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Preparing the vehicle

Preparing the Vehicle.


What does prepare even mean?

Prepare means:  to make ready before¬hand for some pur¬pose, use, or activity.


Ath¬letes do it.  Sports teams do it.  Air¬line pilots do it.  Pro¬fes¬sional speak-ers do it.  Musi¬cians do it.  Event plan¬ners do it.  Suc¬cess¬ful peo¬ple do it.  Photographers for Xcite™ will do it.



It’s not always fun.  In fact, some¬times the hours may seem long.  It might not feel like you’re mak¬ing any progress.  Yet, suc¬cess comes from prepa-ra¬tion.  The hours you spend prepar¬ing make for more pos¬i¬tive, more uplift-ing and more suc¬cess¬ful hours in the time when it counts.


Plan For Success

Part of the prepa¬ra¬tion phase is plan¬ning for suc¬cess.  This is about get¬ting your¬self into a state of belief.  Belief in your¬self, and that you can accom-plish the task before you.  To take this one step fur¬ther, beyond a belief in your¬self, it’s also believ¬ing you can be excel¬lent.



Dur¬ing your prepa¬ra¬tion, it’s impor¬tant to focus.  Focus on what’s impor¬tant to know and do.  Focus on those things that you’ll need to do to be suc-cess¬ful.  Work on them until you feel good about where you are.  And no mat¬ter what it is you’re prepar¬ing for, look at both the men¬tal and phys¬i¬cal realms that will need your focus.



Under¬stand what you are prepar¬ing for.  Ask your¬self the ques¬tion “Do I know what it is I’m try¬ing to accom¬plish?”.  Answer it hon¬estly.  If your answer doesn’t make sense, or if it seems out of align¬ment with what you see the end result is, then focus more on under¬stand¬ing the scope of what you’re tack¬ling.  Some¬times tasks/projects/games can be ambigu¬ous.  When you encounter ambi¬gu¬ity, take the time to under¬stand. Under¬stand-ing will then lead back to the focus you need to con¬tinue on.


Pace Your¬self

Prepa¬ra¬tion isn’t all about see¬ing how fast you can get it all done.  It’s more impor¬tant to focus on doing it right and focus on the quality of your work.  Pre¬pare for suc¬cess by pacing your¬self.  This might mean going over one par¬tic¬u¬lar area many times, in an effort to get it “right”.  That’s okay.  Prep time and practice is exactly for that — for smooth¬ing out the rough edges.



If you do all the steps above, you are ready for the big “game”.  Suc¬cess will be wait¬ing for you there.  Remem¬ber also that at “game” time, as much as you’ve pre¬pared, you may still be faced with some¬thing you hadn’t thought of.  That’s okay.  You do the best you can given what you know.  Will you suc¬ceed?  That’s a ques¬tion only you can answer.  Suc¬cess is wait¬ing.  This is a jour¬ney we’re on. And one worth keep¬ing at. Through it all, remem¬ber why it is you’re doing these things you’re doing.  What¬ever it is, it should be some¬thing you want to do.


Be Great!

Your moment is now!  Find those things in life that have mean¬ing to you.  And as you’re get¬ting ready to do these things — pre¬pare.  Pre¬pare and put it all out there on the table.  No regrets!  This is your life.  Be great!



Do you think it is important then to prepare a vehicle before you take photographs?

Yes!!  It is very important to have the vehicle ready and prepared before you take photographs of the car.  The dealership expects you as a qualified photographer to know what makes photographs look better and how to present them in a way that will attract customers to the dealership.


Preparing your vehicle for photos.

It is very important that you have your vehicle set up and prepared before you start taking any photos.  By doing this first, it will save you time and energy later.

To prepare your vehicle, you first need to know which vehicle you are taking a photo of, have the key ready and move the vehicle to the location where you will photograph the vehicle.

Once you have positioned the vehicle correctly, facing the sun, you will proceed to prepare the vehicle by doing the following steps:


Ways to prepare the vehicle:

  1. Park the car in the correct position to take photos.
  2. Put the car into "P" position and put the handbrake on so the car doesn’t move and roll.
  3. Straighten the steering wheel.
  4. Open the sunroof or moonroof if available.
  5. Unlock all doors.
  6.  Remove all paper items from the car, floors and boot or trunk. eg floor mats, trash, paper items.
  7. Check the trunk or boot for any foreign items and remove any paper or trash.
  8. Make sure the seats are correctly positioned. Upright and straight.
  9. Prepare your camera.
  10. Take photos of the vehicle.
  11. Once complete then mark your stock sheet and car.


Also an important step you need to remember is that while filming a vehicle, you need to put the drivers' window down.  Why?

Because some vehicles have an automated lock system that locks once you close the doors.  If you have the engine running and you close the door without the window being down, you may lock the keys in the vehicle while the car is running and that would be very unprofessional.

That is why when getting out of the vehicle, please put the drivers' window down straight away!

All the steps above are very important.  Xcite's™ photos are professional and need to look great.  By following these simple, easy steps, (Xcite's™ Formula) your photos can turn out great too.


The pictures below will demonstrate some steps for you

Opening the sunroof.

Taking out paper floor mats.

Removing paper items from boot or trunk.


All the steps that you just learned, need to be followed every time you set up your vehicles.  If you don't follow those steps before you take photos, it will slow you down and you will have to go back and redo them.


The following video will quickly show you how to prepare your vehicle.


Please keep in mind those important steps to prepare your vehicle.  Please refer back to this lesson if you need a reminder.


Xcite™ values professional photographers.  By following these simple steps that you have learnt, you will be a professional photographer.


Now please remember this:  It is very important to remember that you DO NOT shoot photos in the rain. Why?


You don't want to get your camera wet for starters and when you are taking photos of vehicles, especially new ones, you do not want to get the car wet.  The customer looking at the photos and thinking about buying the vehicle does not want to see that their car was in the rain.


If it is raining on the assigned day that you are going to shoot photos, you either have to wait until it stops raining later in the day, or you change your schedule and shoot photos the next day.  As long as it is not raining.

If it is raining for longer than two days, you should make a courtesy call or drop in to the dealership and let them know that you cannot shoot their cars in the rain and that you will be in to take photos as soon as it stops raining.  Otherwise the dealership will wonder why they are missing photos on their website.


If you are uncomfortable with these steps, practice makes perfect.  Repetition is the key to retention.  As part of the Xcite™ team, you are required to be professional and communicate with the dealership.  This will help you be comfortable when talking to the dealers.



Please remember these important key steps in order (they may be in the quiz):

  1.  Print your missing photo report stock sheet
  2.  Check for vehicles that need photos
  3.  Get the keys to the vehicles
  4.  Position the vehicle correctly, making sure the money shot side is facing the sun.
  5. Prepare your vehicle for photos.
  6. Shoot your photos.  Always starting with the drivers' side first.
  7. Then shoot all exterior and Interior photos
  8. Once complete mark both the vehicle and your stock sheet.


Now that you have completed this lesson on how to prepare the vehicle, you can proceed to the next one.


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