One Kickass Dakota And A Perfect Photo Submission
Pete Glowinski's '99 Dakota R/T
Jacksonville, North Carolina
We Say: Last month, we presented our Homegrown Hauler awards in which we shuffled though truck submissions to show the best vehicles owned by our readers. While putting that special feature together, we came across several worthy trucks with inadequate photos for print. So this month, we're doing something different and showing you what not to do when taking a photo of your vehicle for Homegrown Haulers.
We love showcasing readers' trucks, but good photos are essential. Pete's photo is a perfect example of what we're looking for. You'll notice the background is clean without any distracting objects such as people or other vehicles. Also, the truck is well lit and not cropped off by the edge of the image. The photo is from a digital camera and works for our minimum requirement of 4x5 inches at 300 dpi. So if there is any picture that best represents what we like to see, it would be this shot.
20-inch replica R/T / low-profile rubber for street driving and 28-inch Hoosier drag radials for racing
Factory 360 short-block V-8 / 1.92 R/T heads / 52mm F&B billet throttle body / Mopar M1 intake manifold / performance camshafts / roller rockers / Mopar headers / Spin Tech exhaust / 4.56 gears / electric fan from Dodge Viper / MSD 6AL ignition / custom PCM flash device
2/2.5 Hotchkis drop kit with coil springs for the front and leaf-spring hangers for the rear
GTS fiberglass hood / clear turn signals / Street Scene mesh grille and mirrors / soft tonneau cover
What He Wins
Judging by the Engine mods, it's clear that this truck is built to go fast down the straight-aways. According to Pete, his best quarter-mile time in this truck is 13.5 seconds at 102 mph. And, we're pretty sure he's done his fair share of burnouts. Knowing that gearheads like Pete can get addicted to the smell of burning rubber, we're making it a little easier for him to get his fix at home with this scented candle. To go along with the tire-smoking sensations is a miniature tire-and-wheel keychain.
Polaroids Are No Longer Accepted
Joshua Miles' '05 Gmc Canyon
We Say: Not only are Polaroids too small for us to print properly, but Polaroid just announced that it will soon end production of instant film. The background in this photo is a bit too cluttered with vehicles and houses, but using your own house as a backdrop is OK.
20-inch Boss 313 / 275/45R20 Yokohama
Factory seats received yellow inserts / various plastics were painted to match the body color
2-inch lowering block in the rear
Billet grille / bug deflector / hoodscoop / black euro taillights / rear roll pan
Jensen touchscreen head unit / JL Audio speakers with amplifier / two 12-inch subwoofers in a ported box with 400-watt amplifier
Magnifying Glasses Suck For Viewing Trucks!
Benjamin Sanchez's '98 Ford F-150
We Say: It's a good idea to frame your truck as close as you can to the edges of the photo. That way, we can enlarge the photo so that others can see it clearly. The best way to do this is to pay attention to these proportions when looking through the viewer of your camera.
16.5x10 Weld Racing / 33-inch BFGoodrich
3-inch body lift
Grizzly rollbars with KC lights in the bed / spotlight on driver side / bug deflector / side steps / windshield and side-window visors
Shadow Detracts From The Boosted Mini
Floyd Leitold's '02 Chevy S-10 Xtreme
Sprice Grove, Alberta, Canada
We Say: This supercharged Xtreme packs some punch, and Floyd sent us the dyno graph to prove it. Our only gripe is that we can see the shadow of the photographer. When taking pictures of your vehicle, it is a good idea to have the sun behind you, but you may need to angle the truck so your shadow doesn't get in the way.
16-inch S-10 Xtreme / factory rubber
4.3L V-6 with Powerdyne BD-600 supercharger producing 230hp and 250 lb-ft torque / Airaid Quick Fit intake / Alkycontrol methanol injection kit / NGK spark plugs / JBA PowerCables and shorty headers / custom-made exhaust with 2-1/2-inch Flowmaster 50 Series Delta Flow muffler and 3-inch Flowmaster resonator
Possibly 3/4 lowering kit
GM splash guards / Bulldog spray-in bedliner
This Is Sport Truck Magazine Not Gq!
Craig Sinclair's '97 Chevy Silverado
Clinton, North Carolina
We Say: Craig sub-mitted a nice photograph of himself next to the truck he prides, and although it's a great picture to frame and display in his home, it doesn't quite fit in Sport Truck. Instead, we would rather focus our attention on the truck. However, if there was a super-hot chick next to it we wouldn't mind.
15-inch aftermarket / Winston
Vortec 5.7L V-8
Custom pinstriping / bug deflector / window shades / chrome fender trim
Poor Lighting And A Cropped-Off Back End Don't Do This Truck Justice
Jeff Burton's '97 Chevy Silverado
We Say: This is an amazingly clean Chevy, but the photo could be improved. Notice that one side of the truck is shady and the back is cut off. The right way to take this shot would be to shoot from the passenger side. That way, we can see how great the paint looks in sunlight instead of shade.
20-inch DIP / 235/45R20
Air-ride components from Air Ride Technologies
Two-tone paintjob with Sunburst Orange and silver / shaved tailgate and roll pan / cowl-induction hood / clear turn signals / billet grille
All hard plastics smoothed and painted to match exterior / billet steering wheel, rearview mirror, and dash kit / bench seat covered in gray vinyl and orange carbon-fiber
Two American Bass 10-inch subwoofers with amplifier
Mike Dilbeck's '02 Dodge Ram 4x4
Sugar Hill, Georgia
We Say: Mike has a nice ride, and we're happy to print it here in Sport Truck. The only problem with this submission is the file size. This rig would have looked awesome spread out across the page, but the image was just too small. When shooting digitally, make sure the camera is set on the largest setting possible. The minimum size, as stated before, is 4x5 inches at 300 dpi. Of course, anything larger than that is gladly accepted. If the file size is over a couple of megabytes, burn the files to a disc and send 'em on over!
20-inch Center Line Stingray / 325/60R20 Toyo
5.9L V-8 / Flowmaster exhaust
2.5-inch lift kit / 3-inch body lift
Chrome door handles, tailgate handle, bug deflector, and fuel door / Lund step bars / billet upper and lower grilles / billet antenna
Win Our Junk And Get Free Sport Truck Stickers!
So just how do you win our junk and get some cool Sport Truck stickers for your ride? It's easy. It all starts with you taking a killer photo of your truck and sending that along with all of your information as well as a list of mods done to your truck. High-resolution digital photos are preferred and may improve your chances of winning. But really what it comes down to is if your truck is cool enough to pass our standards (OK... more like if we happen to get a bull's-eye on the dartboard!). So get going! Get out there with your digital cameras, put the settings on high-quality, and start shootin'. E-mail all your stuff to email@example.com, or send via snail mail to: Sport Truck Magazine, Homegrown Haulers, 2400 East Katella Ave., Ste. 700, Anaheim, CA 92806.