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May 2008 Oh Snaps! - Your Snaps, Eibach's Schwag

Shooting Straight: Photo Tips From A Photo Pro

E. John Thawley III
May 1, 2008
Photographers: Seth Byers, Kurtis J. Moore, Mauricio Lara, Austin Atterbury, Ben "Bam" Mentock, Chreenophoto
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Among the "standard" shots every car shooter should master is the "pan" shot. Often called the "pan blur," the technique involves moving the camera in the same plane of travel and at the same rate of speed as the subject car. This matching of speeds while panning essentially freezes the image of the car on the image plane while still allowing movement that creates blur in the wheels and background. Slowing the shutter speed during a pan shot enhances that movement and blur. It gives the shot an exaggerated feeling of speed. As photographers, we can more safely use slower shutter speeds rather than faster vehicle speeds to achieve the amount of action we're looking for. The trick is to be smooth, fluid and precise with camera movement so the car will be as still in the camera as possible. Like learning a good golf swing or building consistency at the batting cages, panning takes practice. First choose where on the road the car will make the best shot. The area just before and just after that point is what I call my shooting zone. Feet should be planted, elbows out from the body and shoulders squared to the zone. Follow the car, looking through the viewfinder (rather than at it), swing at the hips and squeeze the shutter release. Even using the word squeeze seems excessive. To minimize unwanted camera movement from your hands and finger, you almost have to think the shutter open. I start out with a safe "cover my butt" shutter speed that is easily nailed. Then move to slower and slower speeds to accentuate the vehicle's speed and motion. Take a lot of shots. Be ruthless in your editing. Only show the best shot from each angle. The rest are trash.

Your Snaps, Eibach's Schwag
It's official. We ain't playin' around. Your Honda-related photography could just land you fresh Eibach gear, a set of Sportline or Pro-Kit springs or a brand-spankin'-new set of Eibach coilovers. Check out the fine print for contest rules and details.

2019 Honda Civic
$21,450 Base Model (MSRP) MPG Fuel Economy

E-mail submissions to :

(Include OH SNAPS in the subject)or via snail mail to:

Honda Tuning Magazine/OH SNAPS
2400 E. Katella Ave, Suite 1100
Anaheim, CA 92806

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Keep things Honda/Acura-related and use your imagination. We need high-resolution images sized to a minimum of 4x4 inches-low-res snapshots and 3x5 prints will be tossed into the round filing cabinet. All submissions must be accompanied by complete contact information including your name, phone number, shipping address, e-mail address and website address (if applicable). No contact info, no prize.

Winners will be selected monthly by the Honda Tuning staff. Refrain from watermarking submitted images; the appropriate credit will be displayed next to all published works. Honda Tuning magazine reserves the right to publish, crop, resize and/or remove watermarks from all submitted images for the sole purpose of OH SNAPS in order to suit publication.

Monthly prizes: All entrants with submissions selected and published in OH SNAPS will receive Eibach hats, T-shirts and stickers. Prizes will be shipped to the contact information provided upon publication.

Quarterly prizes: One quarterly winner will receive his or her choice of Eibach, Sportline or Pro-Kit springs for his or her desired Honda/Acura application. The winner will be selected from previous OH SNAPS monthly winners. The quarterly winner will be announced concurrent with publication in the June and September issues and will be contacted for prize redemption upon publication.

The Grand Prize: One grand-prize winner will receive a complete set of Eibach coilovers for his or her desired Honda/Acura application. The grand-prize winner will be selected from previous OH SNAPS monthly and/or quarterly winners. The grand-prize winner will be announced concurrent with publication in the December issue and will be contacted for prize redemption upon publication.

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