25 Years of Stunning Automotive Photography by Nigel Harniman [29 Pics]

Nigel Harniman at a North Sea helicopter shoot

Feb 16 2014

Meet Nigel Harniman – an experienced, award-winning automotive photographer with unique style and approach.

2014 marks a 25th anniversary of Harniman Photography (Nigel's studio) and this post pays tribute to some of his best work. Enjoy!

Above photo: Nigel Harniman, on-location helicopter/ship shoot at North Sea. Click images for desktop wallpaper-sized versions.

Nigel Harniman automotive photography



Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

Renault Twizy

Renault Twizy

Renault Twizy

Renault Twizy. By the way, check out this thing in Formula1 version: Renault Twizy F1 – absolutely wild!

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

Nissan GTR

Nissan GTR

Bentley in the forest


Cadillac STS

Cadillac STS

Cadillac STS

Cadillac STS

MG 3


How Nigel creates his photos

What makes Nigel's work unique is how much effort goes into preparation and execution of each one of his shoots. To reiterate just how seriously things are taken, check out below behind-the-scenes photos of blocked off highway entrances and street environments.

Closed off highway ramp for one of the photo shoots.

Chrysler 300 shoot behind-the-scenes photos

Chrysler 300 in the park

Chrysler 300 in the park (behind-the-scenes photo)

Chrysler 300 in the tunnel

Chrysler 300 in the tunnel (behind-the-scenes photo)

Chrysler 300 downtown

Chrysler 300 downtown (behind-the-scenes photo)

Of course Nigel's work goes beyond just photography as certain cases require the use of CGI (computer-generated imagery), and although these are not exactly photos, we still felt like these renders also deserved to be mentioned.

Formula 1



Ford GT


Ice cream truck

Automotive camera rig + Photoshop tutorials:

Nigel was kind enough to give some insight into his creation process. Below are videos of how the photo was shot using his camera rig setup, and how it was retouched in Photoshop for the final effect... which we think is stunning!

Nigel Harniman's automotive camera rig video tutorial.

Nigel Harniman's automotive photography retouching video tutorial.


Bonus: If a Classic Car Could Take a Selfie – It Would Look Like…

Believe it or not, below photo was taken with a cellphone camera; Nokia Lumia 1020 (a Windows Phone), to be exact. Visit Nigel's blog for a more detailed writeup of this shoot, as well as other cool photography stuff.

Porsche 933 by Nigel Harniman using Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1020

Porsche 933 shot by Nigel Harniman using Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1020 and his automotive camera rig.

“I choose it as my portable camera for capturing the tasks we’ll have to endure...”

Automotive camera rig + Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia 1020)

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