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Photographing tractors is an art which requires time and practice. Anyone can take snapshots, but preparing a thorough informative photographic essay of a tractor is not an easy, casual project. It requires careful thought and attention to details. Failure to do this results in pictures which hide more features of the tractor than they should.

I have found that it takes a minimum of 11 pictures to illustrate the basic features of a tractor. They are as follows:

One through eight: These are distant, profile shots of the tractor. They will show the general features, but lack much of the details of the construction of the tractor. A picture of the top is useful but usually not possible.

Nine and ten: Close up shots of the motor. More than two may be needed to adequately show all the details. Close up shot of operator's platform and controls ends with number eleven.

The following additional hints will improve the details in your pictures. If you are using an adjustable camera and light meter, take the light reading from the area with the least light. It is better to have a background that is too light instead of dark shadows which hide many of the details of the tractor.

Always get as close as possible when taking the picture. Loss of detail increases rapidly as distance from the tractor increases. However, getting too close may cut off too much of the object and make it unrecognizable in the picture.

Remove any signs, weeds, people, etc., that are between the tractor and you. These always appear quite insignificant in the camera view-finder, but hide much in the photograph.

Do not let any shadows, especially your own, fall on the tractor. Shadows don't appear serious in the view-fider, but they really spoil the finished picture. Usually they hide the very feature you are taking the picture of.

Do not be afraid to take additional close-ups of interesting features of the tractor, particularly if it is an unusual feature. This applies to controls, control linkages, motors, etc.

If you aren't sure your picture will show what you want it to show, then take another, preferably from a different angle.

(This may be of interest to quite a lot of you folks, but remember, when you send us the pictures, do not send us all 11 pictures. Pick out the best one-that way we know which you prefer and can give other folks a chance to get their photos in too- Thanks-Anna Mae).