We plan on printing every entry that we get for the Popular Hot Rodding Photo Contest Sponsored By Auto Meter, but for that to happen, entrants need to follow all of these rules:
• You must provide digital photos on a CD. They must be in JPEG format and at least 3,000x2,000 pixels. You must provide color prints for all the photos you burn on your CD.
• All photos must be in focus, well-lit, and the car must not be chopped off or blocked by obstacles. No time/date stamps.
• Write a one-page story about your car and include it in your entry package. The more interesting, the better—we may quote from it.
• Completely and legibly fill out all the information and specs in the accompanying entry form, and send it in with your entry.
• The owner of the car must be the photographer. You give Source Interlink Media (parent company of PHR) and Auto Meter permission to publish your photos in print and electronically over the interwebs and such.
• Please observe the entry submission deadline for the contest, which is August 1, 2014. Late entries may be omitted from publication.
• The PHR Photo Contest Sponsored By Auto Meter is open to all domestic, rear-wheel drive passenger cars built between 1955 and 1980. No trucks, imports, front-drivers, or late-models.
• Your entry package must be sent physically to our editorial office, and include a photo CD, prints, a one-page cover story, and the completed entry form/tech sheet (a copy is OK).
• We will notify the winner no later than September 22, 2014.
Tips For Better Photos
• At the bare minimum, your photos should be well composed, in focus, sharp, and well lit.
• The entire car should be in the photo, other cars should not be in the shot, and you should not be shooting the rear of the car.
• Try shooting from different vantage points in addition to eye level. Try shooting at twilight or sunrise for a more dramatic effect.
• If you turn the front tires, don't aim the tread at the camera—show the face of the wheel.
• Try using a reflector to bounce sunlight into the grille. Reflectors can be bought, or made out of aluminum foil and cardboard. A large white board or an off-camera flash can do the same job.
• Use a tripod to steady your camera. You can also use the hood of another car, the ground, or a railing if you don't have a tripod.
• Don't adjust the color, contrast, or brightness of your images with your computer—this will just remove important detail and make it difficult to print.
• Find a unique or beautiful background. A park, beach, historical area, fairgrounds, run-down industrial area, empty country road, or airfield tarmac can be a great spot. Keep off the grass, dirt, mud, and gravel. Stay away from painted parking lot lines.
• Experiment with different exposures. Use the exposure compensation feature (look for something labeled "EV" on your camera menu) to increase the exposure if your images are too dark.
• Bring friends to help with reflectors, flashes, to direct traffic, to move extraneous debris, to read the camera owner's manual, and to help you move the car.
Auto Meter Custom Shop Gauges
Until recently, only the most lavishly equipped machines on the show car circuit had one-off instrumentation. Then Auto Meter came up with a great idea: set up a custom shop for gauges so that anybody could get exactly what they want. The Auto Meter Custom Shop lets customers design their own gauges with unique color faces, ticking, pointers, cover glass, fonts, bezels, and lighting. If it's part of a gauge, the Auto Meter Custom Shop can do it for you. After logging on to the Auto Meter Custom Shop website, download the Custom Shop configurator, and start picking out your gauges with all their features. As you build your dream gauge package, the gauges take shape right on the screen. You can try out several different designs, save them for future reference, or compare them. You can even print them out and try them in your car before ordering. And all while you're building your virtual gauges, the cost is updated and displayed with every revision! You'll also be quite surprised how affordable it is; when compared to a standard set of catalog gauges, it's only a few extra bucks. Once you order them, they'll show up at your door in a beautiful handcrafted wood box. They'll look so nice, you won't even want to put them in your car!
Auto Meter Custom Shop
Please fill out and send in this entry form
To Enter Photo Contest Mail To:
Source Interlink Media
Attn: PHR Photo Contest
1733 Alton Pkwy., Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92606-4901
Must be postmarked on or before August 1, 2014