After a long gestation James is happy to announce the long awaited arrival of the brand new edition of ‘How to Photograph Cars’.
The first edition ,published by Motorbooks International was the best seller in its field guiding a generation of aspiring car photography students into careers across the automobile industry as well as helping those who just wanted to improve their skills as a hobby.
Over 144 pages and with more than 200 images many specially taken for the new book James explains everything you’ll need to know about equipment choices from camera phone to the top end professional kit, advanced techniques for composing your image and how to find the best locations. Chapters set out how to photograph at a show or in a car museum, high-speed action at the track or out on the road, as well as how to shoot a magazine feature. The secret world of the car studio is exposed with pro’ lighting tips and behind the scenes images and in a brand new chapter, James looks at manipulating digital images and re-touching pictures to make them perfect for sharing on the internet, car club magazine or business.
You can buy the book from this website or on Amazon.co.uk from launch date 9/11/16.
HTPC back cover
I was re-united with an old friend recently when I was asked to photograph the 1970 Le Mans winning Porsche 917K in the studio for a book. I’ve shot it before for my ‘Art of the Le Mans Race Car’ book a few years back and it was good to be reacquainted and have a whole day to enjoy capturing it’s awesome architecture.I always love to see proper racing cars in the studio away from their natural environment on the track as it gives you time and space to admire the design behind the engineering in greater detail. Sitting in the hot seat I tried to imagine what it would have been like to be Richard Attwood or Hermann Lang hurtling down the Mulsanne straight at nearly 250mph with that sonorous flat 12 on song behind pushing me to victory. Just 25 917’s were built and it is considered to be the finest racing sports car ever made…..hard to argue with that.
The 1970 Le Mans winning Porsche 917K
I had a great shoot the other day at Sywell aerodrome in Northamptonshire with a pair of the upgraded 1970’s classic fast cruisers.Jensen Interceptors were one of the first British super cars in their day paring European styling and build with an American power train.The re-engineered cars start with an original car which is stripped to it’s component parts and rebuilt to modern specifications incorporating rust prevention, upgraded bakes,suspension and steering as well the latest GM V8 as found in the Corvette.You can have a normally aspirated model or a supercharged unit kicking out an incredible 550BHP.