There is a group on Facebook that I’m part of and I saw someone post a sick picture of a Skyline, immediately I was hooked, I had to get in touch with this car photographer! Not too long after the picture was posted, he posted a video of the layer buildup, which made me even more interested.

Before you know it I was having a conversation with this skilled photographer and asked if he would be willing to share some tips for the LTSC community, he agreed and then we chatted some more. I asked him how long it took to do the Skyline shot, he said 5 hours but I wasn’t surprised, I can tell it took a while to get it done. The funny part is, he told me that wasn’t the longest he spent on editing a car.

What?? How many hours could you possibly spend on post processing? 10 hours? 12 hours? Nope, 13 HOURS! Stay tuned to the very end of this post and I will show you the image that took him 13 hours to complete.

Trust me, you want to see this!


1. Tell us a little about yourself personally.

Hi, my name is Max Pischkale, I am 25 years old and from the beautiful city of Düsseldorf (Germany)


2. When and why did you start shooting cars?

Professionally for a living it was about the end of 2013, as a hobby since 2009 I guess. In the beginning just for myself because I want some own desktop wallpapers and get tin’ in touch with the local car scene.

3. Are you more passionate about cars or photography? (You have to choose one)

Photography. Hands down. Cars are nice, but expensive and they won’t last forever. A good photography, no matter if it’s a car, person, architecture will last forever, or at least until it gets erased.

4. How long after you picked up your camera did you start post processing?

I gotta say, that I don’t know what I’ve been doing for a long time in the beginning. Just shooting in jpg and had no idea even what a white balance is. Trial and error and get critics. That’s all.

5. If you could choose one automotive photographer to shadow for 1 day, who would it be and why?

Tough question… I think we all shoot nearly the same stuff, depending on your skill level, lighting and experience. Only way to separate from another is post processing and “feeling”.
Give 10 retouchers the same image and you’ll get 10 different looks.
So I’d rather shadow a photographer like Annie Leibowitz, Joey L. or Dave LaChappelle to learn new things.

6. What is ONE most important thing that can make or break a shot?

LIGHT! Dirty lens, car or background isn’t that important because you could get rid of it in post or with a polarizer even it would take some time.
The only thing you can’t edit in post is the light, if you’re shooting with available light.
Another important thing is the composition.

7. Can you share your best and worst shots along with the dates they were shot?

I thing my worst shots will never see daylight, but my older ones are pretty weak compared to my latest, but I think this has to be.
My best I’d say my latest R34GTR became quite viral and my favorite one is a white McLaren 12c light painted in a garage.


8. What is the best tip that you received and why is it so important?

“Angle of incidence is equal to angle of reflection” when it comes to lighting. The position of your camera and the car to the sun or your artificial light source is very important.

9. What is the number one thing you want the LTSC community to take away from this?

Go out and try, try, try. There’s no fail, just a new way not to success.

10. Where can we find your portfolio and a way to contact you?

www.empeh.de // www.Facebook.com/empehfotografie // Instagram: max_empeh // Youtube: Empeh Fotografie



I keep saying this over and over again, just go out there and shoot! Looks like Max agrees with this, that’s honestly the best way to learn.

Yes I made this website to help you learn and help you improve your skills but you can keep reading this stuff all you want, if you don’t take these tips and get out there and shoot then you really are missing out on improving your skills.

Don’t get me wrong, reading tutorials and tips helps a lot which is why I made this but the real skills are made by taking these tips and implementing them in the real world, you can only get so far by just reading and not taking action.

Oh yeah, I forgot, you want to see that picture that took 13 hours to edit, don’t you?

Well too bad you can’t see it! Jk, here it is ☺

Empeh Photo - car photography

Empeh Photo - car photography

Crazy! I know!


Well, there you have it, that wraps up this interview with Max Pischkale. If you have any questions for me or Max leave a comment below and we will get back to you.

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