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Rig Photography Tips

Duwyne Aspeling By:
Thursday, June 30th, 2011 02:16 pm GMT +2

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When you love taking pictures of cars there is nothing more satisfying than seeing that car in motion, doing what it does best.

Some photographers go to great lengths to get a unique action picture. Using a rig or tripod attached to the car can help you achieve this kind of picture. Shooting with a slow shutter speed can make a car seem like its going 200 km/h when it’s actually being pushed at 1 km/h. There are many different ways to do a rig shot. In this post I will show you a quick and easy way to get some great pictures.

All you need is the head of the tripod. Detach it from the legs and attach it to a suction mount. Make sure all the equipment does not weigh too much because you don’t want to drop your camera on the floor. I have included a picture of what the set-up looks like. Securely attach the suction mount to one of the car’s body parts and attach the camera. Set the camera to timer and make sure you are shooting at a slow shutter speed. Now slowly push or drive the car.

This has to be done at low light to allow for a slow shutter speed. The slower the shutter speed, the more background blur you will achieve. Make sure that the camera does not shake while the shutter is open. You only want the background to be blurred not the car.

Next time I will show you how to take pictures of off-road vehicles.


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  • faisal alrajhi

    nice but from where i can buy the suction mount ?