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      10-20-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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How to shoot a "Rolling shot"?

There are numerous pictures in the picture gallery of the 'rolling shot', which is an awesome way of photographing a car in motion. I have a Nikon D40 SLR & a Canon Rebel Xti...How do you shoot a 'rolling shot' is my question? What are the settings in which you have the camera on, and are there any tips/pointers for shooting in this style? I'm pretty familiar with both cameras. I hope I'm not asking a redundant question. Thanks!
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not sure about Canon, but I have a Nikon. Turn VR on. use AF-C. set it to multiple shooting mode. pan your camera with the car(to keep it in focus) when it is in motion. then hold down the button, it will snap many pictures in a row, just pick the sharpest one.
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There are numerous pictures in the picture gallery of the 'rolling shot', which is an awesome way of photographing a car in motion. I have a Nikon D40 SLR & a Canon Rebel Xti...How do you shoot a 'rolling shot' is my question? What are the settings in which you have the camera on, and are there any tips/pointers for shooting in this style? I'm pretty familiar with both cameras. I hope I'm not asking a redundant question. Thanks!
This is something I'd like to learn as well.

Good question OP .....

BTW, why aren't you on the Austin Dinner Thread and meeting up with us!!??
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To keep the car sharp but motion blur the background, you can either shoot stationary and pan with the subject, or shoot from another vehicle moving at the same speed. Try different shutter speeds, depending on how fast the car is moving and how far it is from you (how fast it moves across the frame). The closer it is to you or the faster it is going, the faster the shutter you want. For most rolling shots reasonably large in the frame, shutter is around 1/30", but your best results are likely to be anywhere from 1/4" to 1/60". I see a lot of ad shots taken from cameras mounted low on a chase car, using a short lens and a shutter speed on the longer end of that spectrum.

Keep in mind that although the background will be blurred, you want it to be recognizable, so too long a shutter is no good. Also, many photographers wrongly figure that since the background is blurred, it doesn't matter so much, but the good ones know that the background is still important, even in a motion blur shot. So pay attention to your surroundings and shoot it when the background sets off or frames the car nicely.

Here's a tutorial: http://digital-photography-school.co...ur-photography
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Everybody calls these "rolling shots" but the proper term is panning shot. nhhiep pretty much summed it up but also make sure to put the focus mode on servo. This allows focus to stay on the car as you move the camera while engaging the auto focus. Google "panning shot" and I'm sure you will find lots of pointers. Check this out, it's from a photography board that I'm a member of
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...hlight=panning

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'Make panning shots like a pro' - tutorial

http://www.carphototutorials.com/mak...like_a_pro.php
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How about this? This was something I put together a while ago. You have also the option of car rigs. They get expensive but they work.

Heres how I had to work. A rig was mounted and then a capture taken when stationary to use the lines for the final picture. Since there is no motion, the learning lines such as joints for body panels are at their sharpest. Not one foot of the rig is removed also.

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The car is then set into motion for the rest of the capture.

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Then I have to go crazy and spend time in PS finalising the shot. Had to use a stupidly small app due to no available ND grad. Was ISO50 @ f/22 and still only managed 1/3 second.

The final shot

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Shooting from the back of a truck works great:




Or you can always fake rolling shots using PS, but they don't look as good. Here's a couple fake ones I've done:




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This is something I'd like to learn as well.

Good question OP .....

BTW, why aren't you on the Austin Dinner Thread and meeting up with us!!??
I've been to one BMW meet once over at BeeCave, in Lakeway. I'll have to check out the Austin threads. I always forget to look.
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Awesome! Thanks for the information, techniques and tips.
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