The first secret is that I love forums. Who doesn't, right? But people in the real world never seem to understand - so I'm not telling anyone that I just spent several hours shooting my Forester for the subaruforester.org 2014 calendar contest.
But whatever - I figure you guys will understand.

The second secret? Use a circular polarizing filter when shooting cars. If any of you haven't used them yet, they're great. They allow you to control the amount of reflected light that your camera sees.

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Here's the exact same picture with the same exposure and settings, just with different turns of the filter:

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I combined both of these pictures with masks. I used the front end from the first picture and the rest of the car from the second. Adjust the levels, change the color balance, add some high-pass, and call it good. The result is that first picture I posted.