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Greg D. Scharton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/12/2007
 

Impressive Car Photography


OK! I can't seem to find any examples of it, but I'm wondering how to take this shot I've saw in the past.

It's a shot of a car that looks to be driving... It's very close in to where it looks like it was mounted 5 feet from the car itself. The background is moving and it's a night time scene. So we have a moving background of lights and now the foreground is the car that isn't moving. You can see lights moving that reflect off of the car itself. HOW DO YOU DO THIS?!?! I love these shots and I'm wanting to create some for my friends and their import cars. Is it an HDR shot? If so that'd be very hard to do I think.. Anyway, can I have some help??? Thanks!


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3/22/2008 6:04:51 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Camera rig bolted to the car. The rig is removed later.
I recently found out that some of the rigs have a glass section near the car that makes retouching easier.
And also that the car may not even be driving. They may just push the car. I guess not driving it reduces vibration from the car and road surface.


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3/23/2008 3:42:56 AM

 
Anonymous    Actually Greg, they don't push it, they pull it with a 20ft chain with a grip bar attached to it from the front of the car. It takes two strong men on a level surface. Then the driver backs up the car to the starting point. The camera is bolted directly under the drivers side of the car. The 2ft section near the car is plexiglass.


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3/23/2008 3:53:40 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Your example yes.
Mine, no.


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3/23/2008 4:32:19 AM

 
Anonymous    "may not" and "I guess" doesn't sound like an example to me. I'm just telling you what I know from helping out on a Saturn AD (not the photographer). Oh, I'm sorry I forgot you know everything.


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3/23/2008 4:42:31 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  May not and I guess meant that what I do know is that it's not always done by the way I described, and not always done by the way you described.
Because I do know that you almost always(meaning I'm sure there's an example out there to the contrary) can do a photo of the same look, more than one way.
Just trying to let you in on something you didn't know. Because what I do know, is an example of a car photo was described as pushing the car.
And I also knew(meaning you didn't have to clarify) that if it was a Saturn ad, you weren't the photographer.


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3/23/2008 5:16:47 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  I have shot for car magazines with a seat the attaches to a trailor hitch and racing seatbelts. used a 70-200 2.8IS and was only about a foot off the ground riding down PCH highway in the OC. Its a great look for Exotics and the Euro Imports down there. Another thing you can do is get a van with a side sliding door and lay on the floor to get this shot or lay in an open trunk. Of course the cops are not too receptive to your creative ideas so you gotta have someone riding up a block or 2 with a nextel letting you know about the cops.


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3/23/2008 8:07:50 AM

 
Greg D. Scharton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/12/2007
  Ok guys, let's be friends...
Thanks for the thoughts about the attatchments and rigs... I don't know how I'd get a hold of one of them, and how much they cost, but the van idea sounds a little more affordable...

I was thinking that maybe I could try an HDR shot of it to make the night scene move, if I somehow stabalize the camera and rotate it, but and just take a shot of the car being stationary. Any thoughts?


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3/23/2008 8:34:22 AM

 
Anonymous    First of all I don't think Greg has any friends or that he is trying to make any. But then again he might have some cocky friends like himself.


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3/23/2008 10:23:41 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Sometimes a motorcycle and side car is even used. But in the "don't try this at home" category, cause there's always that one person who will fall out, you could try shooting from the back of a pickup truck. You may not get the low angle, but it's doable.
Also, regarding your HDR idea, actually more and more car ads are done nowadays where the only photograph is the scenery and the car is computer generated images.


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3/23/2008 8:07:09 PM

 
Greg D. Scharton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/12/2007
 
 
  Reid's Car
Reid's Car
Nikon D70s, 18-70mm, static car photoshoped for motion (CS3)
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Yeah, I've seen articles about that. That's fine, but I'm not apart of a corporate place, I'm just trying to make my photography more advanced... I did a shoot of something like that today...


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3/23/2008 8:29:09 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  For rigs, check this site out: http://automotiverigs.com/index.html

Ray


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3/23/2008 9:21:57 PM

 
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