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Car Photography at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu

Event info

Spend the day learning with an expert of car photography James Mann FRPS.

10.00am Free entry to the museum meet in the terrace room at the Brabazon restaurant for an informal introduction.



  • Meet the cars in the Beaulieu Arena and at the old Mill
  • Choosing sympathetic locations for the type of car
  • How to handle difficult lighting and poor reflections
  • Shooting statics, choosing the right lens and angle
  • Photographing details, how to light an engine and cockpit.

Shooting action                                                                    


  • Panning a moving car, long and short lens, zoom pan
  • Cornering, choosing the right shutter speeds
  • In and on car moving images

Photographing at a museum or show                   


  • Shooting inside the National Motor Museum. Including the land speed record cars and other special features.
  • Learn how to balance light from mixed sources

Round up

3.30-4.30pm Brabazon

Terrace room

  • How to get the right passes and shoot at motorsport events
  • Editing your images, re-sizing for the web, and file transfer
  • Viewing imagers taken and questions

What to bring

  • Equipment: Bridge, compact system or SLR / mirrorless camera and a tripod
  • All weather clothing. Packed lunch or use local amenities.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Flashgun

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

The Tutor:

James Mann is one of the world’s leading editorial car photographers and authors with more than 30 years experience shooting for automotive publications, the motor industry and commerce all over the world. His work has appeared within and on the covers of more than 65 books including the award winning ‘Art of the Formula One race car’ and James has provided stunning visuals for numerous magazines including Classic and Sports Car,Top Gear, F1 Racing, Autocar, Motorsport, and Automobile magazine as well as many others. He wrote the original and best selling ‘How to Photograph cars’ in 2002 publishing a new edition in 2016 and was chosen to photograph the cars for the ‘British Auto Legends’ set of stamps for the Royal Mail. James became a Fellow of the RPS in 2017.

He lives in Dorset with his wife and two children.

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Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.


National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

John Montagu Building



SO42 7ZN