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    Cool Rolling Shots Tips?

    Any tips and/or camera setting suggestions for rolling pics?
    I generally use 1/25 to 1/30.

    Here was my first attempt at rolling shots photographing my friend's Si with a Canon 20D (Outdated yes I know)

    All tips appreciated.

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    I'm yet to do these, but am really wanting too! Anyway, somewhere i read that a general rule that one person used was to shoot 1/X as X being your speed. So if you're traveling 20 mph, then use a 1/20 shutter. If you're traveling 45 mph, then use a 1/45 shutter. Again, i haven't actually done them yet but that's just something i read before.
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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1speed...FAST! View Post
    I'm yet to do these, but am really wanting too! Anyway, somewhere i read that a general rule that one person used was to shoot 1/X as X being your speed. So if you're traveling 20 mph, then use a 1/20 shutter. If you're traveling 45 mph, then use a 1/45 shutter. Again, i haven't actually done them yet but that's just something i read before.
    And yep, I think I even have that above in my thread too. Just FYI though...1/20 shutter on a moving vehicle is very VERY slow. Rolling shots are much easier at faster speeds, which is why most of my rolling shots are on the freeway. Just make sure your camera is secure in your hand and be sure the authorities aren't going to pull you over for sticking your torso half-way out the window.
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    Also, remember that the slower the speed, the more wheel spin you get, and the faster it is, the more wheel spoke definition you get. So, if a car is driving at 60 mph, start with 1/60, then try 1/40 for more wheel spin, or go up to 1/100 for more spokes. Just make sure you don't pick a shutter speed that has all action stopped.

    Examples:

    1/60 sec



    1/40 sec

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    For this pic, I drove the car in a wide circle while my brother stood in the middle and shot with these settings:
    Model: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: 1/30 sec
    Aperture: 22.0
    Focal Length: 41mm


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    Panning shots like ^^that are a bit of a different animal than rolling shots, and are often more difficult to capture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verdugo View Post
    Panning shots like ^^that are a bit of a different animal than rolling shots, and are often more difficult to capture.
    I thought it far more difficult to find a stretch of four lane road where I could find two friends to help me take pictures. One to drive the other car and one to hang out the window and snap the pictures.
    With this setup, one guy stands still and spins in a circle, shooting pictures while the other guy drives in a big circle in a large parking lot. Nothing difficult about it. Only downside is you're only going to get side or front 1/8 shots, at best. Not going to get the front 1/4 moving shot everyone wants.

    This was going down the road at 60mph and at 1/80 there was still not much blur in the background.

    ISO: 100
    Exposure: 1/80 sec
    Aperture: 14.0
    Focal Length: 30mm

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    The difficulty is in the panning skill, not the action of the car. You've clearly got that down, so you're okay But I know tons of people can't pan to save their lives.
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    Yeah, at 1/40, I did get quite a few blurry shots, but its easy to take plenty so you end up with plenty to work with. Just a matter of fixing the crosshairs on a point on the car and just spin around.

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