Hi there, I’m Elvis, founder of Learn To Shoot Cars. If you desire to get a start with automotive photography but don’t know where to start, this is the page for you.
For me and the LTSC community, we focus on providing everyone an equal opportunity to get started creating beautiful images by showing you everything you need to know about your camera and the programs we use to edit our images to make them look even better.
My belief in helping you learn is simple: Share the truth, be honest, work hard, and lead by example.
That’s what I’m all about, and that’s what Learn To Shoot Cars is all about.
The truth about Automotive Photography
There are all sorts of photography genres out there, but none of them compare to automotive photography. We all share the passion for cars and photography. If you don’t have a love for cars then automotive photography won’t work for you.
There is something about those body lines and all those curves on a car that make it so appealing to us car fanatics.
We’re not just photographers, we’re car lovers. It is a connection that can’t be understood by anyone who doesn’t have the passion for cars.
Automotive photography takes your love of cars and your love of photography and brings them together into one beautiful art form.
What you need to know before you get started
I know you’re anxious to get started with your automotive photography journey, but there a few things you need to know before you get started.
- It is a very competitive field (not easy to make a living)
- There are thousands of photographers working for free (gotta be better than them)
- Equipment gets very expensive (unless you stick to the basics)
- Programs are very expensive (unless you don’t want to edit)
- It is a steep learning curve (that’s why LTSC exists)
- Get prepared to spend hours in front of a camera and in front of a computer (invest in comfortable shoes and a comfortable chair)
Are you still interested?
Great, let’s get started.
What You Will Need
Any camera will do but we will be talking about how to use a DSLR camera on here so it is best to invest in a decent DSLR.
The entry level lenses will work just fine. Typically if you purchase an entry-level DSLR, you will receive a kit lens with it.
A tripod is not absolutely necessary but it is very helpful when trying to capture sharp images without any movement in camera.
A computer will be required for post-processing. This can either be a desktop or a laptop. Any will do as long as it's powerful enough for Adobe.
Adobe Creative Cloud is recommended for post-processing. Specifically, Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC or you can buy the full suite.
This is where we come in. We are here to help you with the knowledge to go from not knowing anything to taking breathtaking images.
When it comes to your automotive photography career you must be patient. You must be willing to keep trying until you figure out your own style.
Many hours will be spent behind the camera taking pictures, behind the computer editing, and on the streets scouting perfect locations.
Learning The Basics
There are some things about your camera that you absolutely must learn when you first pick it up. You must master the basic fundamentals. It’s not as easy as pointing the camera and pressing a button. That’s what most non-photographers seem to think it’s all about.
This is the fundamental principal of what it takes to get a perfectly balanced image.
Different modes will yield different results. Learn about all of the modes and know when to use which one.
A never-ending debate on which image format to use. We finally shut down this debate and give you straight answers.
Stay up to date
If you are still excited to become an automotive photographer I highly recommend signing up for the newsletter so you can stay up to date with the newest tutorials, interviews, gear reviews, and tips that we already send out to thousands of our subscribers weekly.
If you sign up and for some reason don’t like what you receive in these weekly emails you can always unsubscribe at any time you like, the choice is yours.
We will never pressure you to do anything, we just want to help you upgrade your automotive photography skills.
I appreciate you
I’m here for you as both a guide and as a friend. I want to hear your stories. I want to know how else I can help you. I want your LTSC experience to be our experience, together. That’s how we all learn and grow together, including me.
I do my best to respond to emails. I treat everyone equally.
I firmly believe that I’m not special, just a normal guy who enjoys working hard and working smart.
In everything I do here with Learn To Shoot Cars, I truly want to make the internet a better place.