Blow-Off - Want to get your truck in Diesel Power?
THIS Is What I Like to See!!!
My favorite assignment each month is to compile the Readers’ Diesels section. It allows me to learn about you—the readers: what you drive, and how you’ve improved your rides to gain more power, torque, and capability. We get emails from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the rest of the world (what’s up, Australia?!). It’s always interesting to see what people are doing with everything from ¾- and 1-ton pickups to passenger cars, SUVs, vans, dragsters, rat rods, and one-off weirdo custom creations packed with combustion-ignition engines of every type.
While it’s always great to see an overflow in the Readers’ Diesels mailbox (email@example.com), more than half the submissions we receive include photos that can’t be used due to the small file size. You can blame it on Instagram, Snapchat, and other apps that squash photos to reduce data usage.
Incomplete information is the next biggest problem. Sometimes I can’t even tell who owns a truck, because the email comes from the account of a family member or friend. When I get one of these, it’s a safe bet the reader doesn’t want his or her built-up project shown in Diesel Power with the owner’s name listed as NickiMinaj4evah@whocares.com.
It’s always fun to write back and forth with readers. In fact, less than 12 hours after I contacted one guy, he went out of his way and took multiple brand-new, high-resolution photos with a digital camera for our latest edition of Readers’ Diesels. Interacting with that reader was a lot of fun, and his rig is incredibly cool (possibly a candidate to become a feature truck), but I have to admit my favorite submissions are the ones that are “ready to go.”
The best example I’ve seen in a long time comes from Nick Greenwood of Sunbury, Ohio. He sent this beautiful photo of Old Reliable, his 5.9L Cummins-equipped ’91½ Dodge W250. Not only does his truck look spectacular (with its front and side in focus and fully lit by the sun), but the background makes the pickup look like it belongs in a diesel-themed calendar—or maybe even National Geographic.
His photo weighed in at 9.7 megabytes of high-resolution diesel glory, and that file size assures his pride and joy will look great in the print edition of Diesel Power and on trucktrend.com. Usually, anything larger than 1MB works fine, but the bigger, the better. Along with his sweet shot, Nick provided all the information required for a Readers’ Diesels entry. He kept things short and sweet (nothing wrong with that) and made sure to include all the essential facts we need to properly showcase his truck.
The #1 question we receive from readers is: “How can I get my truck into Diesel Power?” Here’s a suggestion: Do what Nick did!!!
Send a high-resolution photo. That means the original file from your phone’s built-in camera app or the file from a digital camera. Don’t send screenshots from your computer or phone, and don’t take copy-and-paste pics from your social media profiles (sorry, they never work). Plus, make sure your photo is well lit, in focus, and that the whole truck is in the photo without the edges cut off.
Our art director, Mark Snyder, is a magician at fixing light levels and using Photoshop to remove power lines, grease spots on the driveway, and other visual distractions often found in reader photos we get, but your best bet for making the cut is to send in a photo that’s “ready for broadcast.” That means one you can be proud to see in Diesel Power without the need for any editing. Take a look at the trucks on the covers and in feature articles for ideas, and then find the best look for your truck. This is your big shot, so you might as well look your best.
That’s not all!!!
You also need to include all the information listed below—and please provide it in the same format so I don’t miss out on highlighting any of your upgrades.
I’ll always have to edit submissions for space, clarity, and to make sure manufacturer and product names are correct, but as long as you submit a good photo, a list of upgrades (you bought the parts, you know the make and model, right?), and a few sentences about your diesel project, you’ll be the next in line for the Readers’ Diesels section.
It doesn’t cost a thing, so what are you waiting for???