Tag Archives: Automotive Photography

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

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.

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

Automotive Studio Photography

Automotive Photographer Not long ago I had the opportunity to photograph this customized Dodge Charger Hellcat. It’s a beautiful car, though I’d have preferred red to black. Black is nice, but red is just hotter! You can see it’s 700 plus horsepower engine on the studio blog. I am always interested in your thoughts.

Car Photography

Outlaw-Mustang-2326There is nothing like a body kit to jazz up a car. I had the opportunity to shoot this Outlaw Mustang in the studio. It’s really beautiful! The wheels, suspension, engine and lots more are enhanced! Being black makes it more challenging to photograph, but you cannot deny it’s elegance. Other images from this shoot are on the Blue Sky blog. Let me know what you think!