Collision Photography

 Approximate Length: 2.5 hours 

Do you realize that the root cause of many of the issues your shop faces every day are directly related to the images you take? Taking good, quality images that accurately capture the damage on the vehicle and successfully justify the charge on the estimate is not as easy as pointing a camera, tablet or iPhone at the vehicle and pressing the shutter button. It takes knowledge of how to properly frame the image, proper lighting, use of shadows, supplemental tools and techniques, and more, to be able to take the very best images possible.

Module 1: The Importance of Images

Module 2: Camera Types and Settings

Module 3: Additional Tools for the Job

Module 4: Clearly Identifying the Vehicle and Damage

Module 5: Confirm the Damages on the Estimate

In the Collision Photography course, we teach these things in an easy to understand format, which allows the learner to start putting their newly learned knowledge into practice immediately. This course also provides learners with an understanding of how the bill payers view the images and the different ways the images are used by them to determine liability, justify the bill and potential subrogation recovery.


  • Review images for proper content and quality
  • Using images to accurately document the vehicle and damages
  • Using tools to assist the camera
  • Common photography terminology
  • Identify any prior damage and/or unusual wear
  • Identify the type of camera and common camera settings
  • Images as documentation to protect a shops liability exposure
  • Confirm each line item on the estimate
  • Identify and establish the extent and severity of the damage


No prior training course or body shop experience is necessary.


Each module takes up to 30 minutes to complete for a total of up to 2.5 hours.


This course is eligible for Ami (Automotive Management Institute) accreditation. Update your AMi training ID your user profile.