There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in rig shot photography. Indeed, most car photographers who use rigs on a regular basis don’t share their secret formula for a rig shot. The combination of camera shutter speeds, method of attachment to to the car, the speed of the car itself and how much ‘whip’ and flex the rig has are all things that they don’t like to disclose. Well Harniman has.
Known for his high profile car manufacturer advertising campaigns, Nigel has been shooting with a ‘camera on a stick’ for years. Coupled with his retouching specialists at Air CGI, he regularly turns out those billboard adverts you see at airports lounges across the world. Well his recent blog post blows the lid on car rig photography as he uses an affordable car rig setup that anyone can buy to create the rig-shot look. His behind the scenes video shows all the details and Nigel talks through the process, how the rig attaches, shutter speeds, how he used the gradient to roll the car in motion. It’s all there for you. The rig is from Car Camera Rig and we look forward to seeing one up close soon.
And just to show that the rig can take a pro-grade weight, he’s shooting on his Alpa camera with Phase One digital back. Take a look at the video and listen to his description of the shoot, including shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and how he uses a pulley system to control the motion of the car. Then take a look at the second video for the before and after shots to see the base image and the final, retouched version.
And if you’re wondering about the car, it’s a Noble P4, a high quality replica of the Ferrari 330.
You can read the full article on Nigel’s blog here.
Words Neill Watson / Images copyright Nigel Harniman
Car rig by http://www.carcamerarig.com/