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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

History lesson: The G82 M4 meets the F82 and E92

Among many things M purists point to is that the M3 started out life as a coupe, not a sedan. So E36, E90, F80 and G80 friends, this post isn’t about you. It’s about what has become the BMW G82 M4 Coupe. Every M3 has been available as a coupe, but let’s be fair here.… Read More »

How I spec’d my new G80 BMW M3

It’s time for me to return to the fold of the M faithful, and I’m doing so with a 2021 G80 BMW M3. I’ll review the options I picked, and explain why I turned some things down. My G80 BMW M3 Portamao Blue Metallic Six-speed manual 19/20″ M Double-spoke bi-color wheels, style 825M, with performance… Read More »

The BMW M2 CS Party

The name “CS”, or “Club Sport”, is the highest honor bestowed on a BMW M car, short of it having a GT somewhere in the name. They are rare, expensive, and hard to get a hold of. But for Phil at Detailer’s Domian, getting no less than five BMW M2 CS Coupes in the shop… Read More »

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 »

The BMW G80 M3 Review

Well, here it is. After countless debate, the all-new BMW G80 M3 is here. Is it better than the F80? Is it even an M3? Do you want one? Let’s find out.. What shouldn’t matter The nose Let’s face it, there’s no getting over the face. It stands out, and it might not be for… 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 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 »