Be a speed de­mon

Have fun pho­tograph­ing friends and fam­ily us­ing a car-mounted cam­era

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

We’re go­ing to show you how to cre­ate a pow­er­ful im­age of a car that’s seem­ingly scream­ing down the road. Es­sen­tially, we’ll be mount­ing the Nikon to the car we’re shoot­ing with a suc­tion-mounted at­tach­ment (we used the Delkin Fat Gecko mount) so the Nikon moves with the car, en­sur­ing it stays sharp while the back­ground blurs due to the move­ment of the car.

Then, sat in the pas­sen­ger sear, we’ll trig­ger the Nikon to take pho­tos as the car is driven along (we ad­vise get­ting some­one else to drive, as you’ll be busy shoot­ing). Our friend, Matt, took us out for a spin in his BMW Z3 Road­ster, nick­named ‘The Beast’, which is ca­pa­ble of some eye-watering speeds. Sur­pris­ingly, though, you won’t need to drive very fast at all to make this shot work, so don’t worry about break­ing the speed limit. Trundling along at around 10mph should work fine be­cause it’s the slow shut­ter that’ll give the sense of speed by blur­ring the back­ground.

We’ll use a Speed­light to light up the driver and in­side of the car, and un­der­ex­pose the back­ground to place the em­pha­sis was on the ve­hi­cle. As we’re shoot­ing in the mid­dle of the day, we’ll use a vari­able neu­tral den­sity fil­ter to darken the en­tire frame, thus en­abling a longer shut­ter speed to blur the back­ground whilst the car moves. So that’s the con­cept, let’s see how it’s done…

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