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CarPhotoTutorials is run by professional car photographers, our group has years of experience shooting high speed races, car events both indoor and outdoor, individual automotive shoots and just about everything you can do to capture a stunning exotic on camera.

Below you will find an overview of the updates to this site. On a regular basis we post a brand new, exclusive tutorial, case study or article so you can learn first hand how to improve your automotive photography skills even further.

June 30, 2013

Virtual tuning in post processing

Thumbnail 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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May 14, 2013

Running PhotoShop actions with a G13 or G510 gaming keyboard

Thumbnail 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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April 23, 2013

Scale car photography explained in detail

Thumbnail 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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April 9, 2013

Action photography using a car rig with suction cups

Thumbnail 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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March 24, 2013

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

Thumbnail 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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March 12, 2013

Photographers need a website and a personal email address

Thumbnail 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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November 20, 2012

Photographing a major motorsport event

Thumbnail 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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November 3, 2012

Creating a derelict at dusk look in post processing

Thumbnail 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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July 20, 2012

Creating a photo from a showroom snapshot

Thumbnail 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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July 9, 2012

Using actions to add a watermark to your photos

Thumbnail 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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June 15, 2012

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

Thumbnail 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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June 1, 2012

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

Thumbnail 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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June 20, 2011

FAST TIP : a polar filter in car photography

Thumbnail In this tutorial I show you just how to use a polarization filter correctly and combine multiple layers together

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June 6, 2011

Case study - deTomaso Pantera

Thumbnail I take a reasonably good shot and put it through some extensive post processing to create a photograph

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May 22, 2011

FAST TIP : using soft light layers

Thumbnail 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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April 26, 2010

Post processing automotive event photographs

Thumbnail 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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February 15, 2010

Use a mouse or a tablet for post processing

Thumbnail 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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February 1, 2010

Do I need a fistful of dollars ?

Thumbnail 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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January 18, 2010

Car photography that sells the car

Thumbnail 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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January 4, 2010

Black and white car photography and selective coloring

Thumbnail 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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December 21, 2009

Case study - Lamborghini Murciélago LP640

Thumbnail 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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December 6, 2009

Buying a tripod for car photography

Thumbnail 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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November 20, 2009

Adding authentic looking motion to still images

Thumbnail 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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November 6, 2009

Case study - DOF, Depth of Field

Thumbnail 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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October 23, 2009

Behind the scenes of a professional car shoot

Thumbnail 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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October 9, 2009

Outdoor car show - Best practice tips

Thumbnail 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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September 25, 2009

Sharpening techniques explained

Thumbnail 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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September 11, 2009

Our TOP 10 tips for post processing using PhotoShop

Thumbnail 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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August 28, 2009

Background replacement made easy

Thumbnail 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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August 14, 2009

Filters in the digital age

Thumbnail 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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July 31, 2009

Race photography, a day at the track

Thumbnail 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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July 17, 2009

Your second shopping list

Thumbnail 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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July 3, 2009

Photographing an indoor car show like a pro

Thumbnail 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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June 19, 2009

Case study - Geneva 2009 Auto Show

Thumbnail 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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June 5, 2009

Photographing scale cars

Thumbnail 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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May 22, 2009

Must have base equipment

Thumbnail 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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May 8, 2009

Case study - Countach

Thumbnail 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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April 24, 2009

Make panning shots like a pro

Thumbnail 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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April 10, 2009

Lenses, what do all those characters actually mean ?

Thumbnail 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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March 27, 2009

DOF - Depth of Field

Thumbnail 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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March 14, 2009

Common mistakes when shooting a car

Thumbnail 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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February 27, 2009

Old fashion digital photographs

Thumbnail 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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February 14, 2009

The secrets behind a great car photo

Thumbnail 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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January 30, 2009

Our 60 second workflow on automotive photos

Thumbnail 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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January 16, 2009

10 tips for your first outdoor car shoot

Thumbnail 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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January 2, 2009

Taking care of your equipment

Thumbnail 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

read more

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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

read more

Photographing a major motorsport event

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.

read more

Action photography using a car rig with suction cups

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.

read more

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

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.

read more

Running PhotoShop actions with a G13 or G510 gaming keyboard

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

read more

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