Tutorials – Machines With Souls

Automotive Photography Tutorials

Here you'll find tips, tricks and step-by-step directions for things like location scouting, art direction, camera settings, lighting, retouching and color correction, all within the context of the automotive space.

Tutorial: The definitive guide on how to light paint, part 3. How to edit.

For parts 1 and 2, click the links. Now that we’ve gone over how to shoot the car with proper lighting, and shoot with special effects, this week will cover how to edit those images together into one seamless look. We’ll be using a series of shots from a recent shoot with GlassParency, including the […]

Tutorial: The definitive guide on how to light paint, part 2. Special effects.

Last week, I covered the basics of how to light paint. But, before we head over to the computer to edit, I wanted to show a few special effects that are more practical to do in person, as oppose to editing in later on. I’ll use another shot of the 911, and a 4 Series […]

Tutorial: The definitive guide on how to light paint, Part 1

Without a doubt, the biggest WOW factor you can produce with a car and a camera is to light paint it. It’s a simple concept – turn the lights off, light the car, combine the exposures, and you’ve got a car that has a unique-looking sheen to it. This is the question I often get […]

Nikon Z7: The 6-month review

As many of you know, I traded in my trusty Nikon D5200 for a Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera in March of 2019. That makes September the 6 months mark of ownership. Let’s review the good and the bad (yes, there are both). The Good Sharpness With a resolution of more than 2,000 pixels over what […]

Shooting MPACT 2019

A magical shoot happened the day before the event, but MPACT 2019 held plenty of magic itself. Take a walk with me through the pits, down the track, and in the garages for a tour of some truly unique rides. How I shot it – the BMW M3. A question I often get asked is […]

Tutorial: 4 Rules for Adding Lens Flair – Gulf Porsche 911 GT3

Knowing when and where to add some lens flair to your images can make the difference between having them look dramatic or fake. This post will go into retouching  in a realistic lens flair, even though this image was shot during mid-morning, with the sun already high. What you’ll need: Lens flair kit, available here: […]

Tutorial: How I shot the Ferrari 348, and shooting a car twice.

When Mr. T, aka @njmeteroman, called me up for a photo shoot with his Ferrari 348, I got pretty excited. Like any proper Ferrari owner, T loves his car, and this would be the second time I shot it. The first shoot produced some memorable images, including becoming wallpaper art for Jalopnik. So how could […]

Tutorial: The garage sequence at MPACT 2019

Last week, I went into the sunset sequence on Sue’s beautiful BMW M2 during MPACT 2019, and this week, I’ll cover the garage portion of the shoot. It’s the same principal concept with layering exposures, but takes more practice because of the differences in light. I’ll go over one of the harder shots to do, […]

Tutorial: How I shot the BMW M2 at Pocono Raceway

It’s fun to shoot M cars in different environments; after all, the mantra of these cars is that you can literally race it during the day and pick up your date with it that night. They all have dual personalities. We always focus on the outside world because that’s what we have access to, but […]

How I shot MPACT 2018

MPACT is the largest BMW show on the east coast, a place where you can not only show your car, but race it. Taking place at Pocono raceway, it’s a great environment to take pics because of all the exciting stuff happening around you. How often do you get to roam freely in the pits […]