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 what Martijn has to say. Enjoy!
1. Tell us a little about yourself personally.
I am a Dutch student, 23 years old. I live in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
2. When and why did you start shooting cars?
I started about 10 years ago.
3. Are you more passionate about cars or photography? (You have to choose one)
Cars. Very difficult to choose. I like photography very much, but I think I can’t live without cars!
4. How long after you picked up your camera did you start post-processing?
I think I started with Photoshop two years later. I heard from friends they use Photoshop, and then I also started to try it.
I searched on the internet how to use it, and just tried and tried.
5. If you could choose one automotive photographer to shadow for 1 day, who would it be and why?
Chester Ng. He shoots a lot of great cars, and he makes very nice pictures. I also like his country, Japan!
6. What is ONE most important thing that can make or break a shot?
The sharpness is very important. I think a photo is rubbish when the background is sharp, but the car is not.
Even after a few years of photographing, it can still be difficult to focus on the car. Just keep trying.
7. Can you share your best and worst shots along with the dates they were shot?
The first two pictures in the attachment are from 1 April 2005. My first car pictures I can find on my computer. They don’t look that good haha..
The picture of the chrome Porsche Cayman is taken on 20 July 2012, in Monaco. I like the background in this picture!
I shot the white Aventador on 1 February 2014. This is one of my best picture of moving cars.
8. What is the best tip that you received and why is it so important?
Buy a polarization filter. This tip changed my car pictures. A polarization filter is needed when you want to take some serious car pictures.
The filter has a nice effect on the reflection and the windows of cars.
9. What is the number one thing you want the LTSC community to take away from this?
If you are getting started with photography, just make a lot of pictures. That’s the way you will learn a lot!
10. Where can we find your portfolio and a way to contact you?
All my best pictures are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/martijnbeekmans/
On my Facebook page, I also have some pictures: https://www.facebook.com/MartijnBeekmansPhotography
Everyone can contact me on Flickr or Facebook!
THE BEST TIP
The best tip that Martijn gave is buying a polarizer filter, I can’t agree more with this. A polarizer filter has been the best investment I have made that has increased my shooting skills.
It’s simply a filter that screws on your lens and greatly reduces the reflection on the car (we all know they’re like mirrors).
I strongly suggest not being cheap on this, I first bought one from eBay for like $20, bad mistake. Those filters are shit, they are low quality and don’t work nearly as good as the B+W filter. If you are interested in purchasing a polarizer filter then I highly recommend this one, it’s the one I use and works flawlessly: B+W Circular Polarizer. That’s the 52mm but if you need a different size you can easily search for it on there.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS
Surprisingly, Martijn doesn’t have a huge following on social media like the others I have interviewed but he definitely should. If you’re not following him, what are you waiting for? You can learn a lot from this guy, he’s got serious skills.
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