Automotive Studio Photographer

Detroit Automotive Photographer Tom Kirby

I love shooting cars. Day-to-day I shoot everything from massive aerospace tools to tiny fasteners, but photographing this Ford GT was a treat. Using a light painting technique we walked around the car shining a light at it while the shutter was open. After seeing the results we would alter how fast we walked, where we held the light and where we pointed it until we had a dynamically lit image.

Lighting is crucial for every photo and this car is no exception. These are the kind of jobs that get me excited forty years into this business. As always I look forward to your thoughts.

Ford GT Engine

Industrial Filter Photography

Industrial Photographer - Filters

Where would we be without filters! Filters are one of those hidden things without which nothing would work. Nearly everything is filtered, like gas, hydraulic fluid, water, oil, and that’s only in a car. We were making a banner for a website, so the goal was to be about filters, but also to be a little dramatic to catch your eye.

Industrial Photography of Rocket Science

Detroit Industrial Photographer

Jet engines actually, not rockets, but rocket sounds better. I have no idea what these do, but it doesn’t really matter. Unless I’m riding in the plane. The important bit is in front, and in focus. My client was looking for an interesting image for their website. They cropped it differently, and it told the story they were after. I’m interested in your thoughts and comments.

Automotive Paint Photography

Detroit Automotive PhotographerThe science of automotive paint is stunningly complex. This car only has an “E coat”; it’s the initial coat of paint. It’s a process not unlike electroplating, where the paint is attracted to the metal by an electronic charge. The upshot is that the paint gets onto all of the surfaces of the body including all the inaccessible little nooks and crannies. This, among other things, is why our cars last longer than they used to. My job of course, is make an interesting and compelling photograph for use in an ad. Let me know what you think.

Product Photography in the Studio

Beam-0014Telepresence, a concept from science fiction is here! Well, not a Princess Leia 3D hologram.This one is made by Suitable Technologies. It’s a beautiful product, making my job a little easier. We shot all day and ended up with some very nice photographs. (If I don’t say so myself!) There is another image on the Blue Sky Photography, Inc. blog and a little further down in this blog. Let me know what you think!Detroit Product Photographer Tom KirbyBeam-0038

Charger Hellcat Profile

HellCat-7099This is another in the series I photographed of a Charger Hellcat. Black cars can be tricky to shoot because of the conflict between needing to be gray and needing to look black. And it needs to look shiny too! Too light, and it doesn’t look black. Too dark and you cannot see the shape or detail. Let me know what you think.

1966 Shelby Mustang

 Automotive PhotographerI got to shoot a fully restored 1966 Shelby Mustang. Ok, it was a job, but it was a treat! This beautiful car had original tires, an original battery (it was just the case of course), tags from the dealership still on it. Let me know what you think. Automotive Photographer Automotive Photographer