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An overview of all our tutorials and articles on how to improve your automotive photography skils, how to enhance your shots once you've downloaded them to your computer, behind the scenes look at how we work during a professional photo shoot ... and much more.

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Virtual tuning in post processing

Thumbnail in Fast tips - Posted on June 30, 2013 by Mark
Sometimes the car you want to photograph just doesn't exist in real life, so you start with a regular model and virtually customize it in post processing ... and this time I show you all the steps in a video

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Running PhotoShop actions with a G13 or G510 gaming keyboard

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on May 14, 2013 by Mark
I am a big fan of automating workflows in PhotoShop to speed up post processing, after a while I had a lot of ctrl and alt key combinations so I bought a gaming keyboard, first the Logitech G510 and later on I added the Logitech G13

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Scale car photography explained in detail

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on April 23, 2013 by Mark
In this article I guide you into scale car photography, from the preparation over the setup including lights, aperture, shutter speed and then taking the shot ... a lot of these tips can be used on full size cars too.

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Action photography using a car rig with suction cups

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on April 9, 2013 by Mark
Suction caps are commonly used to attach a boom onto a car so you can position a camera at a fixed point from the car and take a photograph while the car is moving to create impressive action shots.

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Buying a dual screen setup might be the best idea you ever had

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on March 24, 2013 by Mark
Instead of going for one very large and expensive monitor why not invest in two smaller ones and expand your 'monitor real estate' even further, allowing you to post process photos full screen with all the tools out of the way.

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Photographers need a website and a personal email address

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on March 12, 2013 by Mark
I have seen it a thousand time, people trying to attract business with a general e-mail addres ... don't do this, just get a smal website and a personal email address.

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Photographing a major motorsport event

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on November 20, 2012 by Mark
Motorsport like car races are always very interesting events to capture as an automotive photographer, we explain how to make the best of your experience.

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Creating a derelict at dusk look in post processing

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on November 3, 2012 by Mark
Brand new cars always look good in an abandoned house location, and even better at dusk when the warm light is available, unfortunately finding both and still being safe enough to put an expensive car in front of the derelict house could be difficult.

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Creating a photo from a showroom snapshot

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on July 20, 2012 by Mark
Sometimes you just don't have the option of setting up a nice area for a shoot, for instance when you are in a showroom, but fear not, we show you how to make a photograph out of a snapshot in post processing

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Using actions to add a watermark to your photos

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on July 9, 2012 by Mark
We show you a way to add a custom watermark to all your photos, no matter if they are in landscape or in portrait orientation using actions that require no manual intervention.

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Off camera flash car photography, part 2 of 2 : the shoot

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on June 15, 2012 by Mark
You managed to buy the necessary items to get into off camera flash photography, in part 2 of our tutorial we explain how to use it.

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Off camera flash car photography, part 1 of 2 : the shopping list

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on June 1, 2012 by Mark
In this first part of the off camera flash tutorial I take you over the required equipment to get started using additional light sources.

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FAST TIP : a polar filter in car photography

Thumbnail in Fast tips - Posted on June 20, 2011 by Mark
In this tutorial I show you just how to use a polarization filter correctly and combine multiple layers together

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Case study - deTomaso Pantera

Thumbnail in Case studies - Posted on June 6, 2011 by Mark
I take a reasonably good shot and put it through some extensive post processing to create a photograph

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FAST TIP : using soft light layers

Thumbnail in Fast tips - Posted on May 22, 2011 by Mark
Post processing can be a tedious job that could take hours, but one simple trick will put some extra punch in your shots in a matter of seconds.

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Post processing automotive event photographs

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on April 26, 2010 by Mark
We all know the drill, we’ve been to a car show or outdoor event and we’ve encountered some amazing cars but our shots have bad backgrounds so we'll have to revert to post processing to get it right.

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Use a mouse or a tablet for post processing

Thumbnail in Fast tips - Posted on February 15, 2010 by Mark
Perhaps a mouse isn't the most appropriate option when working on automotive photos in post processing, so let's take a look at a pen and tablet.

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Do I need a fistful of dollars ?

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on February 1, 2010 by Mark
We get this question on a regular basis : how much do I have to invest to get started as a car photographer ? We explain our vision in this article : don't go for the cheapest way but get it right from the start.

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Car photography that sells the car

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on January 18, 2010 by Mark
Selling a high performance car isn't easy, but as they say : a picture speaks a thousand words. We'll show you how to get the winning shot that will sell the car quickly by selecting the correct background and perform the right post processing.

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Black and white car photography and selective coloring

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on January 4, 2010 by Mark
We take a look at how you can achieve the best results converting car shots into black and white one, we even take a look at selective coloring to put some color back into the image.

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Case study - Lamborghini Murciélago LP640

Thumbnail in Case studies - Posted on December 21, 2009 by Mark
We take a look at one of the most difficult scenes, a black car during a bright, sunny summer day in the early afternoon.

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Buying a tripod for car photography

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on December 6, 2009 by Mark
A lot has been going on about tripods, do you really need one when your main objective is to photograph cars ? We go over the advantages and the problems and help you to select the best one.

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Adding authentic looking motion to still images

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Updated on November 20, 2009 by Mark
Sometimes you just have to get a sharp image of a car, but spinning wheels would be nice, we explain you how to achieve this in post processing.

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Case study - DOF, Depth of Field

Thumbnail in Case studies - Updated on November 6, 2009 by Mark
This shot was taken while the black Ginetta was leaving the pit lane at a famous circuit in Belgium, it looked good straight out of the camera, but a little bit of tweaking made it perfect.

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Behind the scenes of a professional car shoot

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on October 23, 2009 by Mark
You've managed a nice exotic super car for a private photo shoot, but how do you manage an outdoor shooting ? We will explain 10 of the best tips for you.

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Outdoor car show - Best practice tips

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on October 9, 2009 by Mark
one of the best opportunities to get a nice, exotic super car in front of your camera is during one of the many outdoor car shows during the summer, we take you over some tips to get the best shots.

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Sharpening techniques explained

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on September 25, 2009 by Mark
A lot has already been written about how to make your images look better, getting them sharp is one of the essentials when it comes to improve your shots

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Our TOP 10 tips for post processing using PhotoShop

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on September 11, 2009 by Mark
In this tutorial we present you with 10 interesting and quick tips that will make your post processing automotive photographs in PhotoShop a bit easier.

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Background replacement made easy

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on August 28, 2009 by Mark
There are times you've managed to photograph a great looking car, but the background is far from good looking ... no problem, just replace it with a different one.

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Filters in the digital age

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on August 14, 2009 by Johan
On a forum you might have red a discussion about using filters before, is it necessary or not ? We give you some tips.

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Race photography, a day at the track

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on July 31, 2009 by Mark
You must admit that being track side must appeal to you, but it takes some technique to get the best shots from that position, we explain how to get it right.

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Your second shopping list

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on July 17, 2009 by Johan
You have all the basic equipment, and you feel comfortable working with it ... now it's time to take your gear to the next level.

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Photographing an indoor car show like a pro

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on July 3, 2009 by Mark
Indoor events and motor shows are great venues with many stunning cars, shooting them is not at easy as it might seem however.

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Case study - Geneva 2009 Auto Show

Thumbnail in Case studies - Posted on June 19, 2009 by Mark
In this in depth article we take a look at the specific settings and technique you could use for a high profile car show like the one in Geneva

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Photographing scale cars

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on June 5, 2009 by Mark
Scale cars are really magnificent, they allow you to admire cars you would normally rarely see in real life, photographing them is an art on it's own however.

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Must have base equipment

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on May 22, 2009 by Johan
In this article we talk you through the large amount of camera's you could buy to get started well in automotive photography.

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Case study - Countach

Thumbnail in Case studies - Posted on May 8, 2009 by Mark
In this specific case study we will take a look at how to remove unwanted clutter from the backdrop of a shot.

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Make panning shots like a pro

Thumbnail in Advanced level - Posted on April 24, 2009 by Mark
We all made these mistakes at first, but after gathering some more experience we could pinpoint these mistakes and share them with you so you can avoid them.

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Lenses, what do all those characters actually mean ?

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on April 10, 2009 by Johan
Looking for a new lens but got at bit confused with all those terms ? We explain them in understandable English for you.

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DOF - Depth of Field

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on March 27, 2009 by Johan
In this article we take a look at the different aperture settings you can use while photographing cars, setting your DOF can create some amazing effects.

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Common mistakes when shooting a car

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on March 14, 2009 by Mark
We all made these mistakes at first, but after gathering some more experience we could pinpoint these mistakes and share them with you so you can avoid them.

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Old fashion digital photographs

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on February 27, 2009 by Johan
In this tutorial we show you how to recreate the look and feel of the good old days on a modern day digital image.

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The secrets behind a great car photo

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on February 14, 2009 by Mark
Ever wondered why your shot doesn't look as good as the one of the same car in that magazine in front of you ? We give you a few tips to take better photographs here.

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Our 60 second workflow on automotive photos

Thumbnail in Intermediate level - Posted on January 30, 2009 by Mark
Only have a minute to spare ? Don't worry, that's more than enough to make your photograph stand out of the crowd.

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10 tips for your first outdoor car shoot

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on January 16, 2009 by Mark
You've managed a nice exotic super car for a private photo shoot, but how do you manage an outdoor shooting ? We will explain 10 of the best tips for you.

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Taking care of your equipment

Thumbnail in Basic level - Posted on January 2, 2009 by Mark
You should take really good care of your photographic equipment given it's price, but it also helps you to get better images in the long run.

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Virtual tuning in post processing

Sometimes the car you want to photograph just doesn't exist in real life, so you start with a regular model and virtually customize it in post processing ... and this time I show you all the steps in a video

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Suction caps are commonly used to attach a boom onto a car so you can position a camera at a fixed point from the car and take a photograph while the car is moving to create impressive action shots.

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