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Automotive Reviews and Photography Tutorials

Discover automotive reviews with amazing photography. Each week, I'll review a favorite car from the past and present and discover the quirks and good points from each ride.

Want to learn how to shoot cars? Dive in with automotive photography tutorials that feature 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 reviews and tutorials

AMMO NYC Details: The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3

As you well know by now, the blog holds BMWs in high regard. A combination of technology, design, engine, and overall driving engagement means they continue to hold a soft spot in my heart. But there is another German brand that might be living in my garage if they made a small four-door sedan: Porsche.… Read More »

Top Gun: M2 CS vs G80 M3 vs M5 CS

CS. The name means something to the BMW faithful, and BMW recently revived the badge to place on the top trim of its modern M fleet. It stands for the best. The fastest. The most racy. But does the extra money and speed get you actual prestige? I take the latest pair of an M2… Read More »

AMMO NYC details: Glickenhaus SCG 003S

Larry always has unique and interesting rides to clean, like the Ferrari P4/5, or Saleen S7. But when he called to invite me to shoot “the exotic BMW”, I had no idea what was in store. Meet the Glickenhaus SCG 003S. What is it? Made by Glickenhaus, the SCG 003S (say it three times fast)… Read More »

Neighborhood Terror: Is the E46 the best M3?

I missed the E46 boat. Too young to purchase one new, I hopped on the BMW train with the E92 and haven’t looked back (mostly). But when I hear about sublime steering response, nimble handle, a motor from the heavens and typical M3 comfort, I couldn’t help but wonder how true it is. Does it… Read More »

Black Widow: Saving the Mitsubishi 3000GT

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that it revolves around the world of BMW. But you’d also know that I have a weakness for 90s Japanese sport coupes, specifically the Mitsubishi 3000GT. With parts supplies dwindling and the miles adding up, I’ve decided to preserve as many as I can through… Read More »

Feeling Blue: What’s the best M3?

I’ve driven the G80 enough to tell you by now that it’s a real M3. It handles, it’s got a great engine, and it’s all-day comfortable. But is it an improvement on its predecessors? For this review, I borrow an F80 and an E90 M3 and pit it against my own G80, all to answer… Read More »

The 2022 BMW X3 M40i review

We love our “special” cars don’t we? They get all the attention, the extra washes, performance parts, and back road love. But it’s the daily that’s called upon to deal with the day to day drives. Does that mean it needs to be boring? It does not! Meet my new 2022 BMW X3 M40i. This… Read More »

G80 M3 BMC air filter DIY and review

I’ve modified nearly every car I’ve ever owned, and my G80 will be no exception. For starters, I’ll install a BMC air filter in the stock G80 air boxes. Is it hard? No. Is it worth it? Well… Before you begin You’ll need some things: BMC high-flow air filters (I got mine from AutoCouture, because… Read More »

2021 M3 Fall Cruise recap

A beautiful fall day. Over 200 BMWs. And my lens. It’s the 2021 M3 Fall Cruise mega gallery! If you attended, thank you for keeping it fun and safe! If you’d like to be a part of next year’s event, visit my new dedicated page for the event coming in 2022. 2021 M3 Fall Cruise… Read More »

How to wash a BMW M3

Who do I hang out with a lot? Detailers! That means I’ve picked up a lot of tips on how to both keep a car clean, and protect it without causing a lot of swirl marks. Just like how I stored my E92 for winter, this is meticulous. I’m going to show you the basics… Read More »