November 24, 2023
TCN Interview With Jacob Castro
Discover Jacob Castro's journey in exotic car photography, capturing South Florida's finest vehicles with passion and creativity.

Introducing Jacob Castro, a South Florida native whose lens brings to life the vibrant and dynamic world of exotic cars. Jacob's entry into the realm of automotive photography is as colorful and exciting as the subjects he captures. In a region known for its lush landscapes and luxurious lifestyle, he has carved a niche for himself, photographing some of the most stunning and rare cars on the streets. Jacob's journey is a compelling blend of self-discovery and passion, where each snapshot tells a story of beauty, power, and the allure of the automotive world. His work not only reflects his deep appreciation for exotic cars but also his remarkable skill in showcasing them through his unique photographic style.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Photographed by Jacob Castro

TCN X Jacob Castro

In our interview, we'll get a closer look at how Jacob Castro captures such amazing car photos. What's his secret to getting the perfect shot? How does he handle new projects, and what challenges does he come across in car photography? Jacob will share his personal tips and tricks, offering helpful insights for anyone interested in getting into this field.

To see more of Jacob Castro's work, check out his Instagram page here.

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1.  Can you share with us how you first got interested in automotive photography? What was the first car you photographed that made you think, ‘This is it, this is what I want to do’?

In 2018, I finished high school and started working as a car detailer. A good friend was starting his new business @star_coat_detail.

Audi R8 V10
Audi R8 V10 Photographed by Jacob Castro

And within a few months of working, along with my parents permission I decided to use my college fund to buy my first car instead of furthering my education. Crazy right! As an 18 year old fresh out of high school I bought a manual 2011 Camaro SS, which was insane for a first car. Everyday I was taking pictures of it with my phone, which eventually led me to falling in love with photography, and my desire to become a Professional Photographer.

2. In your opinion, what makes a great automotive photo stand out? Are there specific angles, lighting conditions, or environments that you think work best? How would you describe your photography style currently?

Lighting 100% makes or breaks a photo in my opinion. If you can develop an understanding of how light works and you’re able to use it to your advantage, your photos will drastically improve. Right now I’d my style of photos is vibrant, a good pop of color in every photo. My style changes often though, it all depends on the vision for each shoot.

Porsche 991.2 GT3
Porsche 991.2 GT3 Photographed by Jacob Castro

3. What has been your most challenging photo shoot and why? Were there any unexpected obstacles or memorable moments?

The most challenging shoot for me would have to be the time I shot two Corvettes for a private client. I was new to rollers at the time and midway through shooting, my camera stopped, my memory cards were full ! Still being new to photography I didn’t have any extra cards so I was rushing through my camera roll to see what I could delete, before I missed out on the sunset. I ended up shooting one of my best rollers that day.

Chevrolet C7 Corvette
Chevrolet C7 Corvette Photographed by Jacob Castro

4. Is there a specific piece of gear you can’t live without, minus your camera of course?

At the top of my list would be a Circular Polarizer aka a CPL filter. This a filter that goes over the glass of your lens and cuts out reflections. It also gives you control over the intensity of those reflections. For other photographers it may not matter, but when you’re shooting cars it’s like photographing a big mirror, so a CPL is a massive help.

Mercedes Benz AMG-GT
Mercedes Benz AMG-GT Photographed by Jacob Castro

5. Automotive photography is a field with intense competition. How do you keep your work fresh and stay ahead of the curve?

I pride myself on being able to find a unique location for whatever shoot I have planned. I’ll spend hours driving from Miami to West Palm making notes of potential locations I can use for a future shoot. That’s just one way I keep my work fresh.

Nissan R32 GTR
Nissan R32 GTR Photographed by Jacob Castro

6. In an industry that’s always evolving, how do you keep your work innovative and maintain a unique edge? Do you find there is a competitive element to automotive photography or do you see it as more collaborative?

Making sure I’m always learning. Whether it’s a more effective way to shoot photos, trying new angles, or finding new ways to edit. Anything that can help me improve my craft is what I put my focus into. Overall photography has a good mix of both competition and collaboration, that’s what makes it fun! But when it’s all said and done, I want to be able to say I’m one of the best automotive photographers in the world.

Chevrolet C7 Corvette.
Chevrolet C7 Corvette Photographed by Jacob Castro

7. “Looking back at your career so far, what advice would you give to your younger self when you were just starting?”

Go meet new people, make connections and shoot for free! This is something I’m still working on but having the right connections can help you get anywhere no matter how skilled or talented you are. Just recently I shot a Lamborghini Countach parked on a 10,000,000$ private Superyacht because of a connection I had previously made. Connections are everything.

Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini Countach Photographed by Jacob Castro

8. “Do you have a favorite photo? Either one you’ve taken yourself or one taken by someone else? If so can you tell us about what makes that photo so special?”

That’s a tough one…there are so many that I love. One of my favorites would have to be of this Mk5 Toyota Supra I shot at sunset in West Palm Beach. It was on an empty plot of land right near the water. I sat my camera on the grass super low and framed the front fender and the wheel, everything about that photo was perfect for me. Lighting, composition, the grass in the foreground, a couple flowers off to the right. One of my favorite shots ever.

Toyota Supra
Toyota Supra Photographed by Jacob Castro

9. “Finally, if you could have a dream photo shoot of your dream garage with any three cars from any era, which cars would you choose?

I always love these questions. I’d have to go with a Camaro ZL1 1LE, a Koenigsegg Agera R, and a Pagani Zonda F. Those three by far are my favorite. I have some reasons to go along with my choices too. First, the Camaro starts back when the first transformers movie came out, because who doesn’t love bumblebee ??

Second, the Koenigsegg is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cars I’ve seen.

Lastly, as a kid I remember when the NFS hot pursuit trailer came out, seeing this bright orange Pagani Zonda F speeding through the Mountains was just…wow, My 3 favorites for sure.

Wrapping Up

We're thankful to Jacob Castro for sharing his experiences and views in the world of automotive photography. Jacob's journey, filled with passion and skill, is truly inspiring and informative. His ability to capture the elegance and energy of exotic cars is impressive. We appreciate the knowledge and insights he has provided about his work, and we're eager to see what he does next as he continues to enhance the field of automotive photography with his unique contributions.

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