July 25, 2011
July 20, 2011
“Funnyman and automotive freak, Adam Carolla, brings you the ultimate car lovers show, featuring awesome cars, epic driving adventures and the best of automotive culture. Its the perfect mix of comedy, shop talk and eye candy brought to you by Adam and his co-hosts, Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive journalist Dan Neil; TheSmokingTire.com founder Matt Farah; and former NBA Champion John Salley. Wednesdays at 10pm ET only on SPEED. Like The Car Show on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CarShow ”
July 18, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson and the boys of Top Gear are back for another season of automotive shenanigans. Didn’t catch Top Gear on TV? Don’t worry! Watch Season 17 Episode 4 (s17e04) of Top Gear for FREE right here on streaming CarDomain.com!
July 14, 2011
Hey guys, last night was the world premier of Speed Channels newest program “The Car Show” staring Adam Carolla! The reviews are still coming in but what we’ve heard so far is great. We thought we’d provide you with a way to watch the episode you missed for free so we can get your feedback! Let us know what you think and share it with your friends below!
July 12, 2011
By Ryan Porter
“Some say his fingernails have 330 bhp and that he was raised by wolves. All we know is, he’s called The Stig (Top Gear).” Chances are that if you are reading this, you have heard some iteration of this hundreds of times and already know who The Stig is. Well, not who he really is, but you know him as the famously mysterious masked test driver on the hit television show, Top Gear.
A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I were participants on the 3rd annual goldRush Rally. If you are unfamiliar with this event, just picture 50 or so exotic cars rallying from state to state, staying in 5-star hotels, partying all night, and just generally partaking in automotive shenanigans along the way. As it happened, one of my teammates decided that it would be funny to dress up as The Stig for the last portion. The final leg of the rally was from Arizona to California where we would be staying at the beautiful St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. As I am a photographer, we thought it might be pretty funny to shoot some photos of our version of The Stig around the resort.
July 11, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson and the boys of Top Gear are back for another season of automotive shenanigans. Didn’t catch Top Gear on TV? Don’t worry! Watch Season 17 Episode 3 (s17e03) of Top Gear for FREE right here on streaming CarDomain.com!
July 8, 2011
July 5, 2011
My name is Cooper Naitove, and I am an automotive photographer. Many people ask me how I create some of my photos. More often then not, I just tell them “It’s magic,” because I don’t usually like to reveal my techniques. However, today I would like to share one of them with the CarDomain community.
What I’m going to talk about today is a technique known as the “rig shot.” What exactly is a rig shot? A rig shot is essentially a photo taken by affixing one end of a boom to the subject vehicle while attaching a camera to the other end of the boom, and then triggering the camera with a remote control while the vehicle is moving. This technique gives you much more control than a standard rolling shot taken from another moving vehicle. By using this technique, we can create motion in the shot while closely controlling our lighting. At the same time, we can also position the car in a restricted environment. It may not make sense just yet, but continue reading, and I will show you the steps involved in creating the “rig shot” on this Ferrari F430.
This is what the rig looks like: Three, 5-foot pieces of aluminum, two Avenger F1000 suction cups, and a Manfrotto Magic Arm. All of these are held together with three Manfrotto Super Clamps.
(Picture taken with an iPhone.)
Not only am I going to explain the rig shot process, but I am also going to show how I light the car using only one small flash. The first step in the process of doing a lit rig shot (after attaching the rig) is so walk around the car with a remote flash and light each of the parts of the car individually. This can be done more easily with larger strobes, but this was all we had to work with when this shot was taken. About fifteen photos go into creating the final photo (back left, back right, diffuser, and so on). These are all layered on top of each other and pieced together in the final image. This is possible because, since the camera is attached to the rig, it stays stationary relative to the vehicle throughout the shoot.
After we were satisfied with the number of lit photos, we moved on to the rolling part of the rig shot. Here, as you can see, there is a 15-foot aluminum pole stuck to the roof with two pump suction cups. The camera then hangs off the end of the pole from what is known as a Magic Arm. This piece lets us move the camera around to frame the shot and finally lock the framing in place. The car may look as if it is moving really fast, but in reality, it was only slowly rolling forward. By leaving the shutter on the camera open for a second or two while the car is moving, we create the illusion of speed.
Once all the lit parts of the car were layered on top of this image, it was time to Photoshop the rig and all of its shadows and reflections out of the picture. When everything came together after several hours of editing, this was the final result.
Hope you enjoyed the write-up, and for more of my automotive photography, check out my website!
July 3, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson and the boys of Top Gear are back for another season of automotive shenanigans. Didn’t catch Top Gear on TV? Don’t worry! Watch Season 17 Episode 2 (s17e02) of Top Gear for FREE right here on streaming CarDomain.com!