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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

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 »

The history of the BMW M3 Fall Meet and Cruise

It’s a big week! With over 107 cars signed up (and more always appear the day of), the 2021 M3 Fall Meet and Cruise is probably going to be the biggest show yet. I’ll bet you missed the first one, so let’s have a mega gallery of the past 6 years leading up to this… Read More »

Shooting the Jaguar XJR-15

Sometimes I put the Bimmers away and shoot incredibly rare cars. In this case, it was a Jaguar XJR-15 going up for auction with Sotheby’s (the car eventually sold for 1.9 million!). What was it like shooting this thing? Not a lot of fun…I’ll explain. The Jaguar XJR-15 Just 53 were made for use, and… Read More »

Walk around the Rallye BMW car show

Car show season continues with a visit to Rallye BMW for their Cars and Coffee event. It was a beautiful day on Long Island, and you had to be a VIP to get in, so let’s take a walk around to see the cars. Just like like week’s Bimtoberfest, it was a nice mix of… Read More »

The G80 M3 break-in review

As the original owner of an E92, the car only became worth more and more as the years went on. This made me think twice about putting miles on it. Not this time! I’ve already got 1,200 miles on my G80 M3, which means it’s time for the M break-in service, and some good and… Read More »