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The Art of Automotive Photography

Capturing the history and America's love affair with the automobile!

Hot Sam's Foto Park

22820 Pillsbury Ave

Lakeville, Minnesota

August 10, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm


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Cars and Trucks play a major role in American society.  Not only do they serve as a means to get people from one location to another, they often come to represent an extension of one's personality.  In fact, car manufacturers rely upon this emotional connection in order to sell more vehicles with more options.  But, it is not just the car manufacturers.  Cars and trucks feature in a wide range of advertising of products.  Many times these products have nothing to do with selling a vehicle.

Course Overview

Hot Sam's has a large collection of vehicles ranging from fire trucks to race cars.

During this workshop, the following topics will be covered:

Working with different focal lengths and angles.

Isolating details.

Managing the background.

Understanding lighting including methods for adding light.

Capturing images of signs and automotive products.

Photographing people with cars.

Using automotive related subjects to tell a story.


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Skill Level Required

This workshop is suitable for beginner to intermediate photographers.  Prior to the class, students should be familiar with how to change the camera mode, ISO setting, autofocus mode, and focusing mode.  This will save us a lot of time during the class.


We will be using spot focus for many of our photos.  We will go over how to use these various modes and why you would want to use one over the other.

What to Bring

For this class, you will need the following:

  • your camera and manual

  • extra batteries

  • extra memory cards

  • tripod (optional)

  • sunscreen (we will be outdoors)

  • hat

  • water

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Other Information:

  • Workshop size is limited to 8 participants.

  • Attendees will be required to sign a liability waiver.

  • We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of attendees is not met.  If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

  • You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop.  You will receive a full refund minus a $15 processing fee.

  • For any questions, feel free to email don at

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