Porsche photography for beginners

To be honest, I usually don’t care much about cars. Okay, sometimes they are useful to get to a place where there is no public transport. Or to transport something too big for a bicycle. But I don’t have the required papers to drive them. And I can hardly see the difference between a Mercedes and an Opel.

However, I hear everyone say it is good to occasionally step out of your comfort zone. So when Robin Groenendijk of 64 Porsche Lifestyleblog asked me if I wanted to take photos for an article, I didn’t have to hesitate long. And in fact, I may be an automotive illiterate, but of course I know that Porsche has a reputation for producing beautifully designed cars. And that makes my designer and photographer heart beat a little faster.

Two hands at the wheel in a Porsche
Behind the wheel of a Porsche Macan Turbo

Macan Turbo

The subject of this collab was the Porsche Macan Turbo. That’s not the most legendary product from the Stuttgart company, according to Robin, but nevertheless a nice entry-level model. The Macan has been on the market since 2014 but has had a brush-up in 2018. For this test drive, the importer had provided a silver grey Macan.

A light grey Porsche Macan Turbo, on the asphalt of a parking lot near the dunes at Maasvlakte near Rotterdam
Porsche photography session in the Maasvlakte dunes


It seemed to me that this type of car can best be photographed against industrial backgrounds or in vast, rugged landscapes. And where can you find those in the Rotterdam area? Exactly, on Maasvlakte, the industrial zone reclaimed from the Northsea. You don’t even have to cross the municipality borders to get there. This newest part of the Netherlands also has the most beautiful hairpin bend in the Randstad metropolitan region. Or perhaps the only hairpin bend in the region.

Later we found out that also Autoweek magazine has just published an article about the Porsche Macan Turbo. Also with photos made at Maasvlakte. So as a location scout I seem to have some talent.

A light grey Porsche Macan Turbo in a hairpin curve on Maasvlakte in Rotterdam near the Zandwacht sculpture
The only hairpin bend in the region

Dramatic sky

Of course you need to be a bit lucky with the weather circumstances on a photo session like this. And we were, in the preamble to storm Ciara. Now that’s what I call a dramatic sky!

Silver grey Porsche Macan Turbo parked at Maasvlakte near Rotterdam with the sea and a spectacular cloudy sky in the background
Porsche photography under a dramatic sky


But probably the best subjects to photograph about a Porsche are the details. In particular the elegantly designed head and rear lights.

Beautifully designed headlights of a Porsche Macan Turbo
Elegantly designed head…
Beautifully designed rear light of a Porsche Macan turbo, against a industrial background of containers at Maasvlakte in Rotterdam
…and rear lights…
Close up of the rear side of a Porsche Macan Turbo against a blurry nature backgroound
…as well as logos


Of course I can tell you now about the Macan’s driving behavior, roadability and accessories. Or I can try to make an impression with terms such as acceleration, pneumatic suspension and feedback. But, as said, I am a total layman so I leave that to Robin. His article, with many more photos, can be read here (in Dutch).

UPDATE: a second photography session with Robin, and with another Porsche, took place in a somewhat different setting: the forests around Breda

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