How to create a realistic sun flare in Photoshop

How to create a realistic sunflare in Photoshop

Have you ever seen those shots to where the car is positioned almost perfectly to where the sun looks as if it’s pointing directly at the car, or maybe you have a great photo but it seems like there’s something missing? Well if so, I have something that may just shine a little more light to the photo. Why don’t … Read More

How To Prepare For An Automotive Photoshoot

For some reason, most people just go out to the photoshoot and just see what they can do when they get there. If you want a highly successful photoshoot then you must prepare, just like you prepare for everything else in life. I don’t mean prepare as in clean your gear and make sure you have everything. I mean prepare … Read More

Chad Burdette Interviews with LTSC

Chad Burdette Interviews with LTSC

  Chad Burdette Interviews with LTSC   When it comes down to being one of the best automotive photographers in Atlanta, Chad Burdette (Chadbee Photography) has got that covered. Seriously, just google automotive photographer in Atlanta and you’ll see him right there. So, it was only right that we interview him since he’s a local. This interview is different because … Read More

Paddy McGrath Interviews with LTSC

Paddy McGrath Interviews with LTSC

  Paddy McGrath Interviews with LTSC   When it comes down to visiting car websites, one of my favorites is Speedhunters. The stories are great, the pictures are great, and their event coverage is pretty cool too. Most of the photographers on there are really great at what they do, but some of them stand out even more than the … Read More

Why Your Automotive Photography Business WON'T Succeed

Automotive Photography Business

[addtoany] There are a few different reasons why your automotive photography business WON’T succeed. If you are doing any of these then guess what, your business will NOT succeed. If you implement the advice given here into your business, it is almost guaranteed that you will see success sooner or later. The hard part is actually sticking through it and … Read More

LTSC Interview with Justin Black Wright

Here is an interview with an automotive photographer, Justin Black Wright, who proves to us that just because you’ve been shooting for a short period of time, it doesn’t mean that your shots can’t be stunning.   Justin Black Wright has been shooting for about a year but when you look at his shots you would think he’s been doing … Read More

Transparent Hood For Your Car

Have you ever seen those shots where the hood looked transparent, and you could see the engine below it? I always thought those were pretty cool. Luckily for me, I have been messing with Photoshop for like a decade before I picked up photography, so I knew how to edit those shots. If you haven’t, don’t worry it’s simple. If … Read More

LTSC Interview with Folk Photography

If you follow LTSC on Instagram then you should have seen me feature Folk Photography several times. Everytime I go into the #learntoshootcars pool, I see a sick shot, I click on it, and find out that it’s by Folk Photography again.     I kept seeing his sick shots over and over again so I finally gave in and … Read More

5 Reasons To Use Long Exposure

Long exposure photography has been getting more popular by the day. I keep seeing images pop up on my news feeds all over social media that were created using long exposure so I decided to give you a few tips and when you should/can use long exposures.   If you don’t know anything about long exposures, it’s basically where you … Read More

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Car Photographers Make

It’s true, we all make mistakes, that’s what makes us human, right? Well yes, but there are some mistakes that can, and should be avoided, when it comes to photography. In this article we will be talking about automotive photography in specific. You could be shooting cars for years but if you don’t fix your mistakes, how do you expect … Read More

Gradient Tool: Remove Reflections and Draw Attention

You know what vignetting is, right? Well, this is similar to that but I personally think it looks WAY better than a vignette does. The Gradient Tool is a tool that allows you to create a gradual blend with different colors and it can be used to draw more attention to the car, or any subject for that matter. I’m … Read More

Top 5 Car Photography Editing Video Tutorials

car photography

Lately I have been watching a lot of video tutorials and that seems like the best way for me to learn new techniques. Since they help me out, I have decided that instead of a new tutorial this week, I would show you guys the top 5 video tutorials that I have seen over the past few months. I believe … Read More

Manual Focus vs. Auto Focus: Which one do I use?

car photography

Okay so we all know your lense has a manual focus and an auto focus, but do you really know when to use which one and why to use them?   Well, the short answer is: use auto focus whenever you can.   Now, let’s get into the long answer and the explanation of both manual and auto focus.   … Read More

LTSC Interview with Dejan Sokolovski

Dejan Sokolovski - car photography

I’ll be quite honest with you guys, I have never heard of Dejan Sokolovski until I started doing research on car photographers to interview. I don’t remember how I came across his name but once I checked him out, I knew he was on to something and I had to have him share his thoughts with the LTSC community. I … Read More

LTSC Interview with Nick Busato

Nick Busato - car photography

  Nick Busato, this dude right here is killing it. What makes him special is that he does a mix of motorsport photography and some commercial work as you will see later on in this interview. Most photographers I know stick to doing just one because shooting those are two completely different worlds.   In motorspost photography you can’t control … Read More

How To Shoot and Edit a Light Painting

Light Painting - car photography

So you want to learn how do to light paintings? But what exactly is light painting? Light painting is a technique, usually done at night, in which you set your camera on a low shutter speed and use some type of light to illuminate an object while everything else stays dark. Okay now that you know what it is, I … Read More

How To Easily Replace a Background

Replace a Background - car photography

Have you ever had the opportunity to shoot your dream car but didn’t have a nice background for it? All you had was a parking lot, or some trees behind the car. Those shots are okay sometimes but if you want to take your car photography to the next level, you need to have a really nice background to go … Read More

What are the Blur & Sharpen Tools for?

Blur and Sharpen - car photography

There are so many uses for the blur and sharpen tools, but then again there are many uses for ALL of the tools that Photoshop has to offer. For that reason, it’s impossible to cover all of the uses for the tools but I will tell you why I use them for car photography and how I think they will … Read More

LTSC Interview with Chester Ng

Chester Ng - car photography

When I first found out about Chester Ng, I knew I had to pick his brain a bit and find out more about car photography. This dude has some really sick ass shots under his belt. He’s originally from Hong Kong but travels all over the world shooting beautiful cars, living the life that we wish to live one day! … Read More

Should I shoot JPEG or RAW?

JPEG vs RAW - car photography

So you’ve been shooting JPEG since you got your DSLR but then went through the settings and saw an option to choose between JPEG, RAW, or JPEG + RAW. This is probably when you start wondering what all that means and asking questions like: What are the differences? What are the ups and downs of both? Which do you choose? … Read More

How to Replace a Sky in 2 Simple Steps

Replace a Sky - car photography

You just finished shooting your dream car, you come back home, look at your shots and realize the sky is blown out in all of your shots. How disappointing is that?? Shots with a blown out sky just scream out boooooring!   So of course, the only thing you can do is replace the sky in photoshop with another sky … Read More

How a Circular Polarizer Will Save Your Shots

Circular Polarizer CPL - car photography

I don’t even have to ask, we all hate reflections, and it doesn’t help that cars are like mirrors. It’s pretty much impossible to get a shot without any reflections unless you’re out in the open where nothing can reflect off the car. It’s impossible unless you have a circular polarizer! What Is A Circular Polarizer? A circular polarizer is … Read More

Understanding Lightroom – The Basics

Adobe Lightroom Basics - car photography

Let’s get started with the Lightroom basics, shall we? I already covered the basics in Photoshop so now it’s time for Lightroom to shine.   Lightroom is what I use first for all the color corrections and shit like that, then I take my masterpiece into Photoshop for more complicated edits.   If you just got Lightroom and don’t know … Read More

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Cheatsheets

Okay, I know it’s not Wednesday and this isn’t a regular tutorial type post but I came across this post on Facebook and immediately knew I had to share it with you! Thanks to www.setupablogtoday.com I have for you 2 VERY long and informative cheatsheets. One for Adobe Photoshop shortcuts, and one for Adobe Lightroom shortcuts. I will keep these … Read More

LTSC Interview with Empeh Photo

Mac Pischkale - car photography

There is a group on Facebook that I’m part of and I saw someone post a sick picture of a Skyline, immediately I was hooked, I had to get in touch with this car photographer! Not too long after the picture was posted, he posted a video of the layer buildup, which made me even more interested.   Here, check … Read More

How Do I Remove Reflections In Photoshop?

So you want to learn how to remove reflections from the car and little dirt specs? Well, lucky for you I’m here to show you how it’s done. This can seriously take your shot from 0 to 100 real quick. Real f%cking quick. If you don’t know what the selections tools are then you should check out the Selection Tools … Read More

What are all these modes on my camera?

So many options! It was so overwhelming when I first got my camera, all I saw was a bunch of buttons and settings and modes and… I think you get the point. I started writing about the different modes and going in-depth about each of them when I realized there is no need for that, it’s really simple. All you … Read More

LTSC Interview with Martijn Beekmans

If you have a passion for photography and exotic cars then I highly suggest you read through this. To be honest, I didn’t know about Martijn Beekmans until I started looking for people to interview but boy am I glad I got to meet and talk to him. Instead of reading what I have to write, I will let you … Read More

Layer Masks [Photoshop]

Layer masks are the easiest way to make a selection or to blend multiple pictures together (also called composites). Layer masks basically allow you to make changes to your shot with the ability to go back when needed.   Start here So, let’s say you’re working on a shot you did this past weekend. The weather was great, location was … Read More

Depth of Field (DoF) – The Basics

Depth of Field goes together with Aperture, as you should have seen in a previous blog post. The short definition of DoF is basically the range of distance that appears in focus. Shallow Depth of Field If you are shooting a car and you set your aperture really low (let’s say f/1.8) then only the closest part of the car … Read More

LTSC Interview with Bas Fransen

If you take a look at Bas Fransen Photography, you will instantly see why I decided to interview him. I know you don’t want to read what I have to say so here is the interview with Bas Fransen. Enjoy! 1. Tell us a little about yourself personally. My name is Bas Fransen, owner of Bas Fransen Photography. I’m 30 … Read More

Selection Tools [Photoshop]

Photoshop Selection Tools - car photography

There are many tools that you can use to select your car or the background or pretty much anything you want, Photoshop calls these the Selection Tools, there are quite a few of them. There are multiple selection tools that you can use but typically I stick to just one or two at most. You have to play around with … Read More

ISO: The Basics

What is ISO? Your camera is sensitive, so don’t make it cry. That is unless you change the ISO. This controls your camera’s sensitivity to light. The lower the ISO, the less sensitive it is to the light. While on the other hand, a high ISO will result in more sensitivity causing a brighter image. Explain please… An ISO of … Read More

LTSC Interview with GFWilliams

I have had the pleasure of interviewing one of the top automotive photographers (in my opinion) and let me tell you, I was definitely not disappointed. This guy knows his stuff and you will see just that in this interview, along with some knowledge bombs that you could take and improve your car shooting and editing skills. Without further ado … Read More

Understanding Photoshop: Layers

One of the more crucial things I had to learn about Photoshop was how layers work. Which is what this episode of Understanding Photoshop is about.   WHAT ARE LAYERS? If you don’t know what the layers are, they as basically different images, or text, or adjustment that are in their own field. Each layer will control specific things on … Read More

Shutter Speed: The Basics

In order to have a steady looking image or to do some panning, you will have to know what shutter speed is and how it affects the image. That’s why I’m here, to tell you what I had to learn when I first picked up my camera. What is Shutter Speed? Shutter speed is a measurement of how long your … Read More

Understanding Photoshop: Open and Save

EVERYONE KNOWS THIS Now I know what you’re thinking, Open and Save, everyone can do that. Yes, pretty much everyone can open a file and save a file but with Photoshop there are so many different ways to do this I decided to make a guide on opening and saving images as part of another episode of Understanding Photoshop.   … Read More

Aperture: The Basics

What is Aperture?? There is a mechanism inside your lense that can be controlled to let in a certain amount of light, this is called the Aperture. Not only does this control the amount of light, but it also controls the Depth of Field, or DoF, for short. So how does it work? Aperture is measured by numbers called f-stops. … Read More

Understanding Photoshop: Tools Panel

TOOLS PANEL On the last Understanding Photoshop, I shared my number one tip for faster and quicker workflow and briefly explained what windows I’m working with in Photoshop. In this post, I will tell you about all of the tools in the Tools Panel, which you should have read a little about in the last post.   HELP ME! It … Read More

Everything You Need To Know About The Exposure Triangle

What is the Exposure Triangle? The Exposure Triangle consists of 3 key elements; the Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. Each one of these 3 elements is a contributing factor to the exposure (brightness) of your image. The key to a perfectly lit photo is a good exposure triangle. You will have to play with these 3 key elements to figure … Read More

Understanding Photoshop: Workspace

How do I use Photoshop? In order to edit any of your images, you must first know how to use Photoshop. When you first open it up it may look overwhelming and that’s exactly how I felt until I started messing around with it and figuring out what everything does. It definitely is not as hard as it looks. I … Read More