How do you go about shooting one of the rarest sports cars in the world? Here’s a 17-minute tutorial in which automotive photographer Mike D’Ambrosio shares the 5 steps of his “night flare” style while shooting a $2.75 million Maserati MC12.
The Maserati MC12 is a limited production sports car that only saw 50 units produced in 2004 and 2005, each of which was pre-sold for about $670,000 at the time. An additional 12 racing cars were also made, meaning there are only 62 of these cars that exist in the world.
Here’s a rundown of D’Ambrosio’s 5 steps (watch the video above for a detailed walkthrough):
1. Clean and detail the car
2. Shoot a photo with lights on
3. Shoot a photo with lights off while light-painting the car
4. Turn lights back on and light-paint the bottom portion of the car
5. Combine the three photos together in post-production
D’Ambrosio shot the photo using an older Nikon D5200 (a DX-format camera from 2012) and 16-80mm lens to show that you don’t need the latest and greatest gear for this type of work.
Here’s the finished photo that resulted: