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      07-05-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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NEED HELP! How to shoot rolling shots!!

Hey guys. I've been on the post quite a bit and just can't stop admiring these you guys upload. From the night shots to rolling shots, I wanna join the fun. But I have no clue on how to get there. I did a couple of night shots and they came out decent but I wanna try to get rolling shots where only the car is focused. If anyone has advice let me know. Thanks, looking forward to getting some sick shots.

By the way here's the camera I have:
Nikon SLR D5000 with a Tameron 18-270mm lens. It's a family camera, but I hope it will work.

Here's and example:
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that picture was probably done with a wide angle lens. You wont be able to get the same look with your lens. But you can definitely still pull of some rolling shots. Im no expert at this either, I am in the process of learning how to do this as well.

From what I have gathered you should definitely be shooting in the shutter speed priority mode whatever it may be for Nikon. I have a Canon lol. Hopefully the ballin photographers on here will chime in to drop some tips.

It cant be too hard though. My friend snapped this one of my car going to bimmerfest and he doesnt use DSLRs really. I lent him mine to take pics of my car.
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rolling shots are pretty easy if you have two steady drivers.

low aperture, fast shutter speed(>500), low iso. i would manually focus. The backrouns will be blurred naturally. have fun
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that picture was probably done with a wide angle lens. You wont be able to get the same look with your lens. But you can definitely still pull of some rolling shots. Im no expert at this either, I am in the process of learning how to do this as well.

From what I have gathered you should definitely be shooting in the shutter speed priority mode whatever it may be for Nikon. I have a Canon lol. Hopefully the ballin photographers on here will chime in to drop some tips.

It cant be too hard though. My friend snapped this one of my car going to bimmerfest and he doesnt use DSLRs really. I lent him mine to take pics of my car.
Thanks. Car looks sick! +1 on photographers to chime in!
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rolling shots are pretty easy if you have two steady drivers.

low aperture, fast shutter speed(>500), low iso. i would manually focus. The backrouns will be blurred naturally. have fun
Your def right, gonna need two steady drivers
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      07-05-2012, 10:49 PM   #6
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The only way to do that exact photo is to use a a boom attatched to a suction cup placed on the body of the car you're shooting. You can actually tell where it was photoshopped out above the headlight. It was attatched to the hood.

The other way to get the look of rolling shots is to do a "panning shot", to do this you usually need a lens with special panning image stabilization which is only found on high end pro lenses. This is relatively easy to do, shutter speeds are going to be around 1/4 of a second.

If you don't have panning image stabilization you can still get a decent result, you just have to do many repeated tries and be very good. It will take you maybe 10 shots to get a sharp one. Shutter speeds will be around 1/15th.

If you think you can just follow the car you are trying to get a rolling shot of and put the camera out the window I would forget about it, this has a very low success rate and leads to lots of blurry shots even with really good drivers, and lots of practice between both drivers and the camera person. Shutter speeds will be around 1/8th.

Here are a few examples of a panning shot I did without image stabilization just for practice:



You won't get much blur but it will still look cool.

Hope that helps.
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Really It's all in the driving. One person drives slower and the other stays in front and tries to match the other guys speed.

Here's a couple I did on the 4th of july of my 335i. (iphone pic)
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if you have a dslr, put the camera in shutter priority mode. put shutter speed around i say around 1/40, a little higher or lower depending on how fast the vehicle is moving. I would say try to make the vehicle move around 20-30 mph. make sure your iso is correct. less iso in a rolling shot the better the pic. In shutter priority mode the aperture will be automatically adjusted so need to worry about that. Good luck and have fun.
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^^correction i think 1/40 may be too slow. Keep playing around with it, i honestly cant rememeber how fast i used to put mine.



This pic is not high quality
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OP that first shot is taken with what's called a camera rig.

Some of my shots and information. This should help



Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 35 mm
ISO Speed 100



Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 30 mm
ISO Speed 100



Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 17 mm
ISO Speed 100



Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 17 mm
ISO Speed 100



Exposure 0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 20 mm
ISO Speed 100
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if you have a point and shoot, set the camera to the "S" setting, and manually vary the shutter speed from 1/50 second to 1/100 second. The slower the shutter speed, the more blur you get, but the more you rely on the second driver (driving the car that the camera is shooting from) to maintain the same speed as the car you are shooting. That way the subject car stays in focus.

If your camera requires more advanced settings in "S"-mode, put your ISO down to 200 in normal daylight and set your white balance around 6000-7000K. Also ensure that the sun is shining on the subject car, and not into the lens, so take note depending on whatever road that you decide to shoot on. If the light is directed into the lens, the subject car appears dark and you get poor surface definition of the panels (like some of the examples above^).

As for the lens, usually the wider you can get, the better (smaller mm setting). Normal point and shoot cameras can get down to 18-20mm, but 11-12mm does the trick. That adds some road perspective in the shot, but may also require the car that you're shooting from to be much closer to the subject car.

Good luck and report back when you got some!
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thanks guys! I look forward to try it now with some confidence I'll get something good. probably gonna use cruise control to keep a steady speed. By the way slow_335i your pics look awesome! sharp and crisp! Nice pics everyone and thanks fro the tips!
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Rig photography is the best.

I found this on Google.
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