I’m pretty sure you guys have seen it before by other car photographers and on my page.
I think rig photos look so cool and adds that sense of speed to the viewer. In my case, I’ve never seen what my car looks like on the go because no one has ever taken a photo of my car, I have no friends who are photographers…and I have no friends full stop. 🙁
It can be useful as well, for example, I shot on a race track before. I wasn’t allowed to take my time hanging out the window and doing normal rolling shots on the track because of restrictions and there was an event on on the other side of the track. This is where the rig became handy, it meant I only needed a certain part of the track (not even 20 yards) and I did it without anyone noticing..kind of..well, actually people did stare a lot because of the large rig pole..but the organisers didn’t know I was there!!
Is It Safe?
If I am doing it, yes it is…..seriously, providing you have the right equipment, yes it is safe. Couple of things to note though, some suction cups will leave ring marks which can easily be polished off. Some cars, like Honda, have weak paint and weak body panels so you have to inspect that. This would lead me to try another panel incase the mount on the soft panel/weak paint create more damage. Some instances, which hasn’t happened to me, have weak parts on the windscreen. I have heard instances of a Lamborghini windscreen cracking from a suction cup. Which is why I rarely use the window.
If you are unsure don’t be afraid to tell the owner, there are other equipment, tools to make the rig shot work, or just not do it at all.
What Do I Need?
The above is the minimum equipment needed. I will explain later my thoughts on this setup.
Is It Hard?
Not at all. Once everything is set up there are two ways to make this work, push it or drive it. You could find a cord to pull the car but that’s adding more work. Pushing is is my method because it will produce the less shake on the rig and on the camera. The whole aim is to be as steady as possible so you get a sharp image.
Is It Expensive?
My set up is a custom made rig, so say £600 thereabouts, maybe less. You can go on the cheap and build your own and I am pretty certain you can get it cheaper. If it gets your the shot that’s all that matters right?
However, let me explain some problems I have experienced with my own kit. Home made/custom builds often skip past some of the key/best components of a car rig. My pole wouldn’t be the steadiest or dearest but it does go to 6 metres and that’s the length I need sometimes. However, because it isn’t steady I have to few things, add a longer shutter speed on the camera, push the car as slowly as possible and to get that longer shutter speed buy a good, dark ND filter. Make sure you buy a good expensive filter. I have bought cheap filters in the past and the colours were awful.
The best kit out there, which I have used, is from Car Camera Rig
Why Are They The Best?
Car Camera Rig produces beautiful light weight carbon fibre poles which are so light compared to mine. This produces less stress on the body panel and reduces bounce when you are pushing or driving the car with the rig on meaning more stable and less shake. Their mounts can also be modified with an extension pole giving you various choices in angles and height. They also have a stabilisation kit which further steadies the light weight pole.
Be warned though- they are very expensive so so worth it.
What Can I Expect?
Super high speed shots is what you can expect. After each rig session there is a necessity for you to edit out the pole. If editing isn’t your strong point then forget the rig, hanging out the window and doing proper rollers, old school, is still the cheapest and best way to get the same look.
In terms of setting up, it would take me say 10-15 minutes to set up. 15- 20 minutes to take my photo (I take a few incase I miss something), 10 minutes to put the kit away. Then once I get home I can spend roughly 30- 40 minutes editing the photo but this depends how much you want from the image. See below a video me editing a rig shot.
You are probably wondering what the shot look like from the example photos above..here you go:
Here are some other images I have done:
So what do you think? Would you like rig photos done?
Of course you would..book me here
Hope you guys learnt something. There is no doubt these rig photos look awesome. I make it look easy but there are a lot to consider before doing the rig photos. I know you guys love it..but I love it too. It is safe if it’s done right but it’s more the editing afterwards thats what makes the image however, that’s for another blog.