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By Nick Caruso

At the risk of beating a dead horse, which is something I’m inclined to do (read: something I enjoy doing), I’ll reiterate here that cars — automobiles, motor cars, whatever you care to call them — are important to me. And since I know I’m not the only dude out there who feels that affinity, I’d like to share with you readers a gem I recently came across – for motorheads and gift-givers alike: The Studio Effect by Dimostra.

True to its tagline, the Studio Effect truly does transform your photo into a piece of art by providing a heavy dash of fantasy to the lives of proud car owners who want to showcase a magazine- or advertisement-quality image of their pet-project garage angel. David Nawrocki, the mastermind and image-editor behind, takes a somewhat average (though high-quality and correctly shot – more on that in a moment) photo of your vehicle and transforms it into a dramatic piece of art worthy of framing. A fine example: the above picture of the Mercedes Benz “Gullwing” 300 SL is the picture that eventually became the Studio Effect image seen at the top of this post.

For a low (shockingly so, in my opinion, considering the result) price, he will convert one or more photos of your car – taken outdoors, or in your garage, or really wherever – so thoroughly that you’ll swear you drove it to a professional photo studio and paid a bajillion dollars or more for the real deal. I recently purchased the Studio Effect package for an image of my dad’s ’91 Mustang GT. The before (above) and after (below…wow.) images are proof that this is not too good to be true – it’s the real thing. I corresponded with David throughout the entire process – emailing test photos and playing phone tag in exchange for his critiques, suggestions, and tips, eventually reshooting until I got the right angle – and I am absolutely stunned at the result. I took that picture with my own camera in the parking lot of my middle school and Nawrocki turned it into the treasure below. For one, it makes the car look almost exotic, like the posters of Ferraris I had on my wall as a kid (and as a teenager… and adult); what’s more, it makes me feel like I executed some outrageously special photography Kung Fu, which is what I’ll tell everyone who doesn’t read this article.

For the cost of the Studio Effect package, you’ll receive a digital file of the finished product. Dimostra also offers a professional printing service, so your coche can be featured on everything from a keychain to a mouse pad to one of a few different high-quality, framed prints. Take a gander at the other examples of the Studio Effect before-and-after at, and then take your own dream machine – or be nice to the car lover in your life and take theirs – to the Dimostra digital shop to have some premium work done.

Originally published July 2012
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