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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

Shooting the Rimac Concept One

Larry’s garage at the AMMO NYC headquarters is a palace of clean, and you never know what will show up. Still, when he called and said he had a Rimac Concept One coming in from Manhattan Motorcars, I was pretty surprised. It’s not every day you get to hang out with a hyper car of… Read More »

Shooting a car with a prime lens

I’m a big proponent of the zoom lens. There are so many factors when shooting a car, why complicate it further by moving your entire set up around because of a prime lens? Because they are sharper, faster and can give you a better image. So, let’s shoot a car using only a prime lens.… Read More »

Shooting the Audrain Museum’s Porsche 911

The natural progression of automotive enthusiasm seems to be something like this. Cheap sport compact > BMW M car > Porsche 911. Among sports cars, they are a dime a dozen (and the engine is in the wrong place), but what about an older one…? Audrain Automobile Museum The story for this actually starts back… Read More »

The ultimate BMW E9X M3 review

This is a repost I wrote for Bimmerpost, “An exit interview with my E9X M3 / Good bye!” in March of 2019. Yes, YES, it’s true. I’ve sold my M3, to a fellow forum member actually, which I am very grateful for. So another original owner goes away, but I hope I’ve been able to… Read More »

Shooting the Glickenhaus Boot

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. This is not a BMW, and it couldn’t be further away from the sports cars I normally shoot. But the Glickenhaus Boot that Larry from AMMO NYC was working on presented such a different subject, I couldn’t help but get excited. It’s Big, and Loud I’ve been around all… Read More »

The 700 lb-ft of torque BMW 3 Series Wagon

When Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC invited me to shoot a BMW 3 Series Touring Wagon a few weeks back, I assumed it was because he knows I have a thing for blue BMWs. That was only part of it. Larry had his friend Brian up from the Carolinas, and he brought with him a… Read More »

Hosting the 2020 BMW M3 Fall Meet and Cruise

For the past five years, I’ve hosted a special meet for BMW M3 owners, known as the Fall Meet and Cruise. Last year’s event was a great success. What started out as a simple meet with 15 cars has turned into a huge event with over 130 BMW M cars. I didn’t anticipate that turnout… Read More »

How to shoot a car in the afternoon

You always want to shoot a car at dawn or dusk. But sometimes schedules work out for an afternoon shoot, and that means high contrast lighting. When Phil of the famous Detailer’s Domain wanted a shoot with his M2, the only timing that worked was mid-day. Here are five tips for dealing with high contrast… Read More »

A tour of AMMO NYC’S New Garage

Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC has been a client for many years, and he invited me to shoot both his new garage and the famous AMMO 964 and R8. Take a tour with me of his incredible space! Walking into the AMMO NYC Garage Located on a quiet, unassuming cul-de-sac, the shop itself is unremarkable… Read More »

Light painting a car without a light

I recently posted some tips on how to shoot your car with an iPhone. Let’s continue the theme this week with light painting a car, using no Ice Lights or strobes. What you’ll need for light painting a car: A camera A tripod Sunlight Adobe Photoshop On Location – set up So you’ve picked a… Read More »