A&P ATTN: HighTachPres, Devin, Easton v. Auto Rig

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  1. aCab

    aCab New Member

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    I need some help with an auto rig. I've chosen to do automotive photography for my concentration in which to improve for my photo IV class this semester. I made the mistake of showing her the 3 or you all's websites and was very impressed and suggested I make an auto rig as well.

    My main question is if you guys use a single pole, or two or three, etc. Suction cups or magnets, etc.

    I'm looking at going the suction cup route with a few superclamps, maybe a magic arm, telescoping pole, and maybe a mini ball head.

    Any suggestions or insight would be awesome.

    I'm also on a college kid budget too. :wtc:

    Thanks guys.

    Oh, and Easton, I've been going around repping www.wallpapergarage.com :bowdown:

    **edit** - and a recommendations for some good ND filters?
     
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  2. Devin

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    Dood, im me on aim if you have it. I can give you the list plus some extra safe ways to keep it from buying you a paint job.

    devin2218
     
  3. HighTachPres

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    AIM me tomorrow... HighTachPres
    will trade secrets if you overclock my Q6600 :x:
     
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    HighTachPres New Member

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    ........ not like its a secret anymore :wtc:
     
  5. ej25power

    ej25power OT Supporter

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    I've been wanting to make one of these also.

    I've shot a few of my friends' cars for free and I finally have a dude who wants to pay me :noes:
     
  6. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    Can we get in an aim chat room to discuss. I want to know too
     
  7. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    you can get guided through that quite easily here :hs:
     
  8. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    wish I had the need for an auto rig.

    everyone I know has a car they really don't want anything strapped to (i.e. Carrera GT, Veyron, misc. Ferrari's, etc).
     
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    I smell an EDU....
     
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    share the wealth guys
     
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  12. brasheye

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    Here is my one.

    5metre welded sleeve pole, 2 x Manfrotto Cups, 1 Manfrotto Magic arm, 3 superclamps.

    A guy filmed me doing this shoot, you can see how it all goes together.

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=eGHA8AE0khQ

    if you have any questions shoot away, it's pretty common now so no more secrets.

    And it's not just a matter of slapping it on and doing some shots, there HOURS of post in rig shots depending on the complexity of the Background.

    I have a real detailed account of a recent shoot I did using the rig with close ups/video etc, I'll post it on exactly the 16th of February.

    [​IMG]

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    I definitely want to do this with random uncool cars
     
  14. Easton

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    It's going to be really hard if you have to do it on a light budget - you want to get manfrotto or other brand quality suction cups and clamps. You also need to pull out the cash to buy a camera mount which will go on the end of the boom.

    All in all to do it properly - i'd say about $400 USD?

    There are even more ghetto ways of doing it though - and if you have the luxury of experimenting with different/older cars you can get away with other means.

    Get some poles (dosn't have to be too light, but aluminium is best) that will give you at least 3 or 4 metres, they can be in two seperate peices (just G clamp the booms together) and slide one end of the pole underneath the car, look for anything to mount on - towing hook, frame, holes, gaps..

    All cars are different - go through each of your friends/familys/relatives/neighbours cars and look underneath them for anything you can mount the poles to - it has to be metal and part of the frame so it can support the weight.

    Be inventive - use more G clamps and what not to connect the boom to the frame, it only has to hold the weight - it dosn't need to be perfectly secure since gravity weighs the whole system down and generally keeps it stable - especially when you've placed a camera on the other end of the boom.

    Make sure the part that connects to the underframe of the car isn't the pointy end of the boom - the boom itself has to slide in about 1 metre or so. You're going to use leverage to ensure the camera-mounted end of the boom is raised.

    The pointy end of the boom underneath the car dosn't need to be attached to the car - in fact I've used uni books and what not to force a gap between the pointy end of the boom and the base of the car - which in turn raises the camera-mounted end of the boom up.


    This dosn't work on every car - but amongst pre-2000 year model vehicles you could probably do this trick on 50% of them. I still do this today and it's way better than suction cups wheneever it's possible because you can make the boom nearly as long as you want. And if the system fails it just falls a feet or two onto the ground. And the camera is sitting on the boom, so the boom is what crashes onto the ground - not so much the camera.

    As for the camera sitting on the camera-mounted end of the boom - you gotta be inventive if you don't want to buy a special-purpose camera mount. i.e gaffer tape.
     
  15. brasheye

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    haha reminds me of my first ever setup...

    Those are motorbike tie downs, a broom handle and zipties!

    [​IMG]
     
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    if i go up to the s3 office tomorrow i'll take some pics of ours. i don't think i even have any unedited shots with it on my home computers...
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    S3?
    which goon are you?
     
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    Brady!!! your wifey lets you get on OT?
     
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    in for inexpensive diy :hs:
     
  21. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    In for this.
     
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    hahaha yeaaaah. shhhh dont tell.
     
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    To the big guys that posted here, thanks for the info! :bowdown:

    Its amazing how only a few years ago, this being posted was like taboo in forums and now the pros are giving away their trade secrets.
     
  25. aCab

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    :bowdown: props to you for actually taking the time to post all of this. I have a few questions I may PM you.

    Easton :love:
     

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