Dynamic Car Shoot

In this photography class, Karl shows you something slightly different. You’ll learn all you need to know to photograph a car in motion.

Karl explains everything from the equipment he uses to the camera settings and safety considerations for a shot like this. You’ll hear some useful tips on how to mount your camera to the car and how to light and capture the image remotely. This class is full of handy knowledge that will allow you to capture an interesting shot like this, perfect for an advertising campaign or just to shoot for fun.

In this class:

  • Creative car photography
  • How to photograph car trails
  • Camera settings for photographing at night
  • How to trigger your camera remotely
  • Equipment for remote photography

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. Hi Karl,
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.
    I haven’t yet lab this setup; but I can imagine, we would need polarizing filter to eliminate the reflection from windshield, no?

    1. Hi, No not really in this case as the only reflections off the windshield will be the street lights which I want. There’s no illuminated sky that’s going to reflect as it’s already too dark.

  2. There’s no doubt you’re a great photographer, but I don’t believe you’ve ever washed a car before.

  3. You really made me think outside the box , but one question , did you used a Polarizers, if not would not the results be better with a Polarizers?

  4. Hey Karl, thanks for all the videos. Quick question, not sure if you mentioned this in the video and I missed it, but do you fire your flash as you near the end of the shutter time? Or would that even matter since you’re freezing the action inside. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Marty, yes the flash is fired at the end of the shutter using ‘second curtain sync’ to ensure light trails are going the natural way.

  5. Ok. I re- thought my silly question. Haha. In reality If she is still in a place and not driving even if you get massive trails of light you will get to see an static environment trough the car trails because at the end they have some transparency so the driving effect will not be convincing. Any way thank you Karl for make me think and then rethink technical aspects of photography.

  6. Cool pics. Just one observation. If the other cars are moving outside in a kind of busy road and your exposure time is let’s say 4 seconds as you did You don’t need your car ( models car) actually moving, just parked right next to the road pretending she is driving. So no real driving is necessary. Do you think the final result in terms of tracing lights effect would be considerable different? Of course the outside will be still but with enough lines of light covering the scene the outside is not visible any way.

  7. Hi Karl,

    How did you manage to avoid getting a “shaky” picture? Is 4 seconds enough? Did you use a lens with vibration control or something?


  8. Karl thanks for sharing your thought process and approach towards making interesting pictures….this was an amazing tutorial as always

    Just couple of questions here….

    1. The lens used by you was an ultra-wide i.e. 14-24mm/f2.8?
    2. How did you account for the camera shakes attributed to the suction mount?


    1. Hi Suunil, the road was pretty smooth and with a wide angle the movement is less noticeable. Also it was flash used inside the car which ‘freezes’ that part of the picture sharp.

  9. If you had Canon 5d mark iv it would make your life much easer by using WiFi.

    What about using the flash on TTL do you believe on it?

    1. Hi Ibrahim. In the end of this program here 17. Photography technique review you will find your answer:) Karl says that you’d better use manual mode and forget about any TTL.
      Hope that helps)

  10. wow..thats brilliant result…is the outside trails been stacked…wish i had seen this few days back as i had a similar shoot i was struggling to light it..Thanks karl..looking forward to more tutorials…

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