How to Get Featured

October 23, 2020

Adding your ride to our gallery is a way not only to help out others find the perfect fitment for their off-road builds, but it is also a way for you to get featured. What do you mean by feature? You might be saying. Your rig could be posted to our social media sites for everyone to see, we could show it off in a youtube video or even post it here in one of our blogs. But how can you ensure that your rig is chosen to be featured? 


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What Makes a Photo Great?


We want to see your rig featured across our social media pages, on our website, and used for vehicle features! How exactly can you make that happen? TrailBuilt is constantly looking for quality content to push the brand in a high end, professional manner.

Keep in mind that creative style can be seen by different people in different ways, however, listed below are some baseline standards that everyone can follow.




The Equipment Matters.


People can take great iPhone photos, and people can take subpar DSLR camera photos, sometimes lighting and a good eye is all that matters! If you're going to be taking photos, or have someone in mind to take photos, double-check that the equipment used is close to matching the below specs.


1. Professional DSLR camera (preferably full frame)

2. Various lenses used (ex: 24-70mm, 50mm, 85mm)

3. Results should be high resolution images (around 4000px x 6000px)




Find a location.


You don't need to be in the middle of a mountain range or in front of the White House for it to be a sweet location. Sometimes a field at sunset or the abandoned warehouse down the road makes for a cool backdrop. A location shouldn't distract from your subject but should add to the photo to create a theme for that photo set. 




Find your best angles.


Taking time to plan out shots will yield better results. The front 3/4 angle is your money shot, that's the best way to get a good look at the whole build, see your front end and side of the rig, and see your stance too.


Don't just focus on your rig either, make sure to take a step back and enjoy the scenery. Snap a couple of Landscape photos that show off your rig, but also bring the surroundings into focus.


A helpful tip: Crouching down while taking photos will also make your rig look BIGGER and more aggressive. It's all about angles, who knew trigonometry class would actually come in handy!




Last, but not least: The Editing.


We don't expect you to download Photoshop and edit your rig photos like you're getting ready for a magazine feature, but here are some things to note:


Less is more. When "editing" photos to send in, sometimes an Instagram filter isn't the best route. Receiving a photo that's already edited makes it hard to color correct and change much in the image. If we need the photo colored a certain way to match our website, it becomes difficult when it's already colorized with a certain tone or "feel" to the image. 


Don't take away from the photo with over-editing. If you found a sweet location and have good lighting, chances are your photo probably doesn't need much editing anyway! 

If you've tried all of this and still can't seem to get the right shots, feel free to reach out to us.


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