So, you've been to all the big shows in your area, and have yet to see your ride in the show coverage of a magazine. Or even in a picture of another truck with yours in the background. We understand your letdown; we're the ones who have to cut hundreds of photos from show coverage everyday. Believe us, we wish we could run every last photo from show coverage, but we can't. We are the ones who have to answer all the "what happened" questions.
The day following the release of an issue of Mini Truckin', we spend most of the morning answering endless e-mails as to why so-and-so's truck didn't make it into show coverage. We're sorry, but not everyone's truck can make it into show coverage. We can take upwards of a 500 pictures at a show. Then, we have to go through each one and narrow down the choices. After that, we choose the best ones that not only portray what the show was like but show the best of the best in the magazine.
So listen up! We have compiled some tips on presenting your truck in the best way possible. Right now, you might be left asking yourself, what the heck is this guy talking about? I spent all last week polishing my truck.
What To Avoid
Well, here is the bottom line; it's not all about how well a truck is polished. It's about how the overall picture is going to turn out. Is there trash around the truck? Are there a million business cards on the outside of the truck? Are there flyers or objects on the dashboard? How close are other vehicles around you? The list can go on and on. As editors, we have to look for these things in order to put out the best magazine we can.
We understand it is hard to determine where you will be parked at a show, but try and stay away from these two situations: The first one is parking under a tree that doesn't provide 100-percent shade. The second is parking in such a position that the only angle is on the shadowed side of the truck. This makes for bad photos. Looking at the lead photo (on page 62), the owner has positioned the truck far enough away from the vehicles on either side, no matter what time of day there would be a chance to take a picture and end up with good results.
Under-construction trucks are a big part of shows, but the look of the truck is a huge part of how we choose photos. Take a look at these two photos: One is in a solid color, the other is spotted primer with some paint. Take the time to get the truck into one color. Try and make the truck as complete as possible, it helps in the overall presentation.
Everybody takes pride in suspension work done on the truck, but the condition shown is the key. Primer is not as resistant to things like tire dressing, quick detailer, or any other solvents. Before rolling out to a show, re-primer the suspension and pack a Scotch Brite pad and a clean rag. Use the Scotch Brite pad to remove any dirt or contaminates that found their way onto the frame, then wipe it all away with a rag. If your frame is bare metal, the same technique will work to remove any rust that might have accumulated.