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Automotive Photography Tutorials

Here you’ll find automotive photography tutorials with step-by-step directions. Learn location scouting, art direction, camera settings, lighting, retouching and color correction, all within the context of the automotive space.

Topics include Light painting, golden hour, Photoshop retouching, rollers, motion blur, astrophotography, lens selection and more.

I shoot with Nikon cameras and lenses, but you can use these techniques with any equipment.

Have a specific question? Reach out at mike@machineswithsouls.com. You can also follow along on instagram @machineswithsouls.

Automotive Photography Tutorials

Walk around Bimtoberfest

It’s officially fall here in the north east, and that means car show season goes into overload as we enjoy remaining warm days. Recently, Bridgewater BMW held their first big car show called “Bimtoberfest”. I hopped into my G80 and took a ride down for the static display. Here’s a “mini” gallery of some of… Read More »

Retro review: 1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT

Cars have always been important to me, and welcoming a new car is always a special day. But there’s nothing like your first one, which in my case was a 1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL. My parents are moving from the family home, and they came across some old film shots of my car. You can… Read More »

BMW Performance Center Delivery Review

As you step into the world of BMW, you may notice that you can customize one to your liking. It might take a big longer, but your patience is rewarded with the exact spec you want. But what if I told you that there’s a place that makes taking delivery of this unique BMW even… Read More »

Meet my new BMW G80 M3

It took 6 months, but it’s finally here! Picking it up with a special Performance Center Delivery, let’s meet my new 2022 G80 M3, and see what makes it just a bit different from a typical G80 you might see. Didn’t you order a 2021 G80 M3? I did. But BMW could not keep up… Read More »

Tracking your new BMW

No doubt you’re a person of discerning taste (since you’re reading this blog). And that means you might be particular about what your new BMW might look like. Taking one off the lot and settling isn’t an option for you, so you’ve decided to order one. But how does it all happen? I’ll show you.… Read More »

The 2021 BMW M3 Fall Meet and Cruise

Yes friends, it’s time once again to take in the fall scenes of the Hudson Valley with the 2021 BMW M3 Fall Meet and Cruise. Last year was big, can we get it bigger? Sign up here! When Sunday, October 17, 2021, beginning at 7AM. Where We’ll begin in our usual spot near the Starbucks… Read More »

How I specced my X3 M40I

Given the current state of affairs, it’s no surprise that my M3 has been delayed almost six months. In the meantime, I’ve had my X3 30i to perform daily driving duties. It’s served me well, but it hasn’t exactly encouraged taking the long way home. I’m about to change that with my new X3 M40i.… Read More »

Behind the scenes at AMMO NYC

AMMO NYC! Book a class at the BMW Performance Center from now through August 31, 2021, and get a 20% discount on any school excluding M4GT4, Race licensing and Private Coaching with code 21BMWMWS20. Call 888-345-4269 to book your class with my special code. You will have the time of your life. Larry Kosilla’s AMMO… Read More »

MPACT 2021 recap

MPACT SPECIAL! Book a class at the BMW Performance Center from now through August 31, 2021, and get a 20% discount on any school excluding M4GT4, Race licensing and Private Coaching with code 21BMWMWS20. Call 888-345-4269 to book your class with my special code. You will have the time of your life. Oh yes, MPACT!… Read More »

500 miles with the BMW Performance Center M3

Book a class at the BMW Performance Center from now through August 31, 2021, and get a 20% discount on any school excluding M4GT4, Race licensing and Private Coaching with code 21BMWMWS20. Call 888-345-4269 to book your class with my special code. You will have the time of your life. By now, you know my… Read More »