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Insider secrets for taking car photos like a pro (CNET On Cars, Episode 25)

How to take great pictures of cars with the camera you already own, demystifying the jargon of modern car design, and why cars are getting better gas mileage -- but you don't notice.

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On this episode, we do something really cool: take you out on a car photo shoot with renowned auto photographer Michael Alan Ross. After you watch our project with him, go right out and take a few photos of your car. Notice how much better they look than the last ones you took.

I really like our Smarter Driver segment this week: staged accidents and how to avoid them. You'd be surprised how many wrecks are bogus. We'll show you the red flags to look for, the one critical tip to avoid them, and what to do after one. (I'd swear there was a "Kojak" episode that dealt with staged accidents in NYC, but I'm damned if I can find it. Anyone?)

The parts of a car's body are something of a foreign language. I mean, really: sail panel? Our Car Tech 101 this episode makes it all clear. You'll be hanging out at the bar with body shop guys in no time.

A little less than a year ago, we listed the Top 5 fuel-saving technologies. So many more have become mainstream, its time for another list. And when you watch that segment, take note of the MIT survey we cite and remember that next time you blame someone else for today's level of MPG economy. Consumers have a lot to do with it being relatively low.

Our next episode will be posting on September 30 after we take a delayed summer break so I can launch our new show, The Next Big Thing on September 12.

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.