You know those motion shots of a car rounding a bend or barreling down a straightaway? The car is in focus, but the surroundings are blurred to create the sensation of velocity and speed. Images like the one above are often times made with what car photographers call a "rig" combined with good ol' Photoshop. On high dollar commercial jobs, production companies will often rent a massive camera arm that mounts to an underside of a vehicle, enabling them to have a steady camera setup required to make dynamic rolling images. While these high dollar arms allow you to move at faster speeds with a camera, they are also very expensive and infeasible to rent for smaller shoots. This is where RigPro comes into play. RigPro allows the average person to get a similar result, but with a whole lot less work and cost.
In the rig space, there are few available options. While desirable, the market is small and incredibly niche. RigPro founder and sole operator, Andrew Thompson, assembled his own rig kit so that the average consumer would have an affordable off the shelf solution. At the heart of his rig kit are industrial grade suction cups for mounting and a custom fabricated multi-piece aluminum boom. Length and stability are two key components when doing rig shots, and Andrew's kit was designed to do just that with the ability to be easily transported by breaking down into 5ft sections.
In Easton Chang's RGG EDU car photography tutorial, we demonstrate how to safely mount and shoot using a RigPro. Utilizing a closed off road, we mounted the rig on two different vehicles including a Lotus and a 911 Turbo S. We show you step by step what to do and everything required to make the shots you see above and below, including post processing.
For a car photographer, a rig is a must have. While some rolling shots can be done with a chase car, a rig allows total control of where you place the car with available light and where the camera can be placed for the optimal angle without putting anybody in danger. If you want to learn more about RigPro, you can send your inquiries and purchase directly through their Facebook here. For more about our Car Photography & Retouching tutorial with Easton Chang, click here.
As always, we like to celebrate every tutorial launch with a giveaway related to the subject we're teaching. Leading up to the launch of Easton's tutorial, we will be giving away a 15ft rig kit from RigPro, retail value of $799. The contest is open to everyone ages 18+ and will end 10 days after Easton's tutorial launch on February 7th, 2017. For more contest rules, click the terms & conditions button below.