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Mar 06, 2013 23:19 |  #1

I have a question...maybe some one couls shed some light on it.

If i wanted to go into a new car dealer and take some photos of their cars in the showroom with strobes and what not, what would i have to do? Clearly id have to go in and talk to the manager or something, but im asking because i want to know how many of you get turned down or get the green light.


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Mar 07, 2013 00:31 |  #2

I work for a Chevy dealer and have yet to see ANYONE step foot in the show room with a camera. And I am the only who does all the showroom cars (details etc.)




  
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Mar 07, 2013 03:00 |  #3

What do you want to do with the images you shoot?

Highly unlikely the dealer will or can use shots of new cars as those come from corporate HQ. used cars for their website might be an option though.

Car makers hold trademarks on their logos and names though so you wouldn't be able to use anything commercially without permission.


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Mar 07, 2013 03:20 |  #4

I'd say that depends a lot on your relationship with the dealer. For example, a larger city dealership may see it as a bigger hassle/liability to have all of your stuff around. But a small town dealership that you've purchased your last 4 vehicles from, and that doesn't have a lot of foot traffic running around the cars all the time might be more willing to play.
I know the local Honda dealership lets my friend snap photos of whatever he wants for his Honda blog, but he has 3 Hondas from there, does all of his service work there, and doesn't use light stands and all of that stuff either. Just fairly quick snapshots with a single flash.


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Mar 07, 2013 08:29 |  #5

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #15686521 (external link)
What do you want to do with the images you shoot?

That's my question, too. I've shot in dealerships for specific advertizing & PR purposes, but that was to use the dealership as a background. People interacting was the subject & in no way did we try to make the cars look good, because that just wasn't going to happen on our time & budget restraints.

And if your "strobes and what not" fall over & chip the paint on one of them, do you have insurance to cover the repaint cost?


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Mar 07, 2013 09:20 |  #6

togish1 wrote in post #15686128 (external link)
I have a question...maybe some one couls shed some light on it.

If i wanted to go into a new car dealer and take some photos of their cars in the showroom with strobes and what not, what would i have to do? Clearly id have to go in and talk to the manager or something, but im asking because i want to know how many of you get turned down or get the green light.

If you want to photograph automobiles, wait a few weeks until the beginning of the car show season. Traveling to those shows will give you many opportunities to photograph cars and to meet their owners and set up photo sessions with them.




  
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