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Nigel Harniman

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The Long and the Short of It

The Long and the Short of It
Video tutorial on automotive rig photography by Harniman Photographer

The Long and
the Short of It

With the backdrop of the Teme
Valley behind me, I paired with Camera Car Rig’s Justin to show how I produce
the images you see advertising the fastest cars.

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We couldn’t have chosen a better
location we filmed at Shelsely Walsh Hill Climb, the oldest active motorsport
event in the entire world.

Although most rigs I use are bulky
and need their own transport, this shorter, lighter version is ideal for quicker,
more ‘portable’ shoots. You’ll see it does the job just as well while adding
extra functionality as the weight allows it to be attached with suction cups
rather than bolted to the chassis!

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Through the video you’ll
recognise my equipment as an Alpa, which is fitted with a Phase One back
enhancing the ability to create an image without distortion (regardless of
movement) in high resolution. The front bears a Schneider lens, which you’ll
see is instantly recognisable, and fitted with various filters.

From the Shorter Rig to the
Longer Exposure

The video gives you details of specifications,
but just in case your speakers are out, remember this. The longer the exposure
the better. It takes practice to make this work, and I think I’ve perfected it
so I can shoot between 8-30 seconds which seems insane to some just starting

Discover how far the car travels to get the
shot I want!

Watch the video: -


Push and Pull

We chose a pulley system for this
frame, taking advantage of the slope of the hill climb track, then we were good
to go.

See if my strategy worked and
dare to try it yourself… of course if you need a short rig, get in touch with
Justin at Car Camera Rig!

Or if you would like a full size rig, my under mounted rig is available for hire. ALPA Camera set up, not included ;-)

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