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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

The BMW G80 M3 Launch Event in NYC

After I shot the all-new BMW M3 last week, I was invited by BMW of NYC to an exclusive launch event for the car. Every generation showed up, and fun was had. The BMW M3 static display I’ve shot with Louis from BMW of Manhattan before on his Carbon Fiber M2 project car, so he… Read More »

How to light paint a black BMW M850i

These BMW M850i Gran Coupes were made available by Circle BMW in Eatontown, NJ. I purchased my X3 from them, and it was one of the best car-buying experiences I’ve had. And I’ve had a lot. Good vs Evil When Circle said I could have my pick of cars on the lot to shoot, I… Read More »

How to store your E92 M3 for winter

Reposted from Bimmerpost in October of 2015. Living in the northeast means that an E92 M3 with 414 hp and summer tires is pretty useless, so I store my M3 from November to March-April. I’ve written down the steps I take to properly ensure the car is stored the right way, and thought it would… Read More »

5 tips for selling your BMW

I shoot a lot of BMWs going up for sale, and at some point, every owner has moseyed up to me and asked “How much do you think I’ll get for it?” I can help you with selling your BMW and maximizing its value. Just follow these tips. We’ll use a recent shot with a… Read More »

A look inside Detailer’s Domain with some M2s

I love working with detailers. It’s a natural fit. They make the cars clean, and I make ’em look good. This time, I’d be visiting Detailer’s Domain, with owner Phil Yiu. If you live anywhere in the tri-state area (and even beyond), then you know this place is famous for working on high-end cars. Did… Read More »

The BMW E34 M5 shoot

There is a road I used to drive with my E92 M3 in my old home town. It’s a long switchback, mostly empty, and no one knows about it. But for this shoot with an E34 M5, the client said “rural”. Time to break out the secret road! A little back story on this one.… Read More »

Shooting at the MINI Driving Experience – Part 2

Last week, I showed you how I shot at the MINI Driving Experience. Here’s part two… Do you ever get too close? Well, no, because I’m still here, writing. You’ve probably seen the writing on your car’s passenger mirror “Objects in mirror are closer…” That applies to looking through your lens as well. More than… Read More »

Shooting at the MINI Driving Experience

In 2019, I was invited down to the BMW Performance Center to capture all the action, and in November of 2020, I was invited once again to South Carolina. But this wouldn’t be a shoot for Roundel badges. This time, it’s MINI! This was a shoot unlike any other, so the post this week will… Read More »

The 2020 recap

Just like everyone else on the planet, 2020 has been a year to remember for me. Thankfully, shooting cars is something that can be done safely outside, so there were still plenty of amazing vehicles to get a good look at through my lens. Here’s a 2020 recap! 1 – BMW M School Yes, I… Read More »

Shooting the Saleen S7

Next up in Larry’s incredible garage is sort of a unicorn. As an automotive photographer, I’ve seen and shot all sorts of rare vehicles, but the last time I could remember seeing a Saleen S7 was at an auto show almost 20 years ago. Yet here it was, in front of me. Once again, the… Read More »