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Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Robbie A » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:35 pm

So you are driving in one of the SANPARKS.. you see a great photo opportunity on the passenger side of the vehicle. It's not practical or not enough time to turn the vehicle around so that you can support your camera and long/longish lens on the door or window.

What do you do to support your camera so that you can take that shot? How do you take that shot. I am keen to hear your solutions to this problem..
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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Alko » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:39 pm

Is someone sitting on the passenger side? Maybe you could use a monopod.

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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:46 pm

We have the easiest solution: driver in the front, passenger (photographer) in the back.

At the legspace of the passenger seat in front the coolerbag is located, with camera(s), maps and birdbooks on the seat.
In the back person #2, with photography bag behind the driver. That way lenses, adapters, and what have you are available. Beanbag on the seat there, or on the hatrack behind.
Also on the hatrack are cookies, coffee and such.

That way both have plenty of space and two windows available. Removing the headrest (if possible) is recommended so the passenger has more view to the front.

But if that setup is not possible (three people aboard?)...
Use the arms of the other as a rest, or simply ask the other to take the shot.
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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby bert » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:50 pm

Like Duco says
But last year we were with 3 pax
So i use the image stab and rest the long lens against the head rest
or ask my passenger to bend over and stop breathing for a second and use his back :wink:
But with a decent lens and camera and image stab in good light i almost always had great results

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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Johan N » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:16 pm

We are four in the car and I can therefore not do what DuQues does. My camera bag, a solid Lowepro, sits between the two front seats and serves as a solid rest. The lens sits on a panning plate which sits on a beanbag on the Lowepro and shooting through the passenger window is not an issue. SO just needs to endure the lens right in front of her face for a short while. :lol:

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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Robbie A » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:54 pm

Johan N wrote:My camera bag, a solid Lowepro, sits between the two front seats and serves as a solid rest.


So you have like a wall made of your camera bag between yourself and your SO? What car do you drive that has this much space between the seats? what about the hand brake? doesn't it get in the way?
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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby bert » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:03 pm

I always use a bean bag and when "use" the passenger seat, asking the passenger to bend over and be invisible for a few minutes i always seem to have a battle with the hand brake.
Try to find my balance to avoid the brake on my softer parts
Or gear shift :hmz:

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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Robbie A » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:15 pm

Thanks for the replies... I have encountered this problem countless times and seem just about always to lose the shot because there is no easy way to rest a 500mm on the seat, the passenger or my knee...

I am going to make a bracket that will run from the seat to the dashboard so that I can rest my lens on it.. I haven't seen anything like this on the market so seems like the DIY route will have to used..
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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Johan N » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:45 pm

Robbie A wrote:
Johan N wrote:My camera bag, a solid Lowepro, sits between the two front seats and serves as a solid rest.


So you have like a wall made of your camera bag between yourself and your SO? What car do you drive that has this much space between the seats? what about the hand brake? doesn't it get in the way?

Robbie, I drive a merc and its fairly wide and level between the seats. The handbrake is not a problem as its a pedal to the left of the brake pedal.

I use a pillow and another beanbag below the pillow to level the surface under the camera bag. You could try to level the area between the seats by using soft material (pillows, towels, etc.) in order not to scratch your vehicle before placing the camera bag on top of it?

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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Robbie A » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:54 pm

Johan, I understand now how you manage... I however don't drive a Mercedes and your method won't work for me.. the hand brake is a major issue.. even if I use something soft over it, it would be more of a hinderance than anything else..
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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:21 pm

You guys make it too difficult, let the SO bend over and you have the perfect beanbag, but if she is twitching too much, put her in the boot. :wink:

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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Robbie A » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:40 pm

Scipio wrote:You guys make it too difficult, let the SO bend over and you have the perfect beanbag, but if she is twitching too much, put her in the boot. :wink:


haha.. Also use the SO but she tends to be unreliable in the steady, not moving department.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby UKbadger » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:49 am

Oh for the old Toyota Condor with no centre console to get in the way.

With SO in the back and the passenger head rest removed it was simply brilliant. You could just slide across into the passenger seat!

We have to use an Avansa now, not bad with the above set up but getting across to the passenger seat is not so easy. It’s still my preferred option, though I’m not as flexible as I was. :(

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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Lanzerac » Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:26 pm

Robbie..I am perplexed..why dont you use one of the beanbags you were selling at the Photo expo? The best beanbags out and I wished I had spare cash to buy one :)

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Re: Driver photographer - how to shoot through passenger side?

Unread postby Robbie A » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:09 am

Lanzerac wrote:Robbie..I am perplexed..why dont you use one of the beanbags you were selling at the Photo expo? The best beanbags out and I wished I had spare cash to buy one :)



I do in fact make use of beanbags but the problem comes when you have to shoot on the passenger side and you have nothing to rest the beanbag on to. I have now in fact designed a bracket and use the beanbag on this bracket. I will post some pics when I get a chance to take some of the setup..
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