It's Week #51: Drive-By!

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Week 51: Drive-by

Photo by: Aisha Newenhouse – Week 33: Portrait of a Stranger (2016)

Drive-by photography is the type of photos you take through a window while traveling on some type of transport. You could be in a train, car, bus or aeroplane. It used to be quite an unusual and unique type of photography but we are seeing more and more of it now that we all carry our cell phones with us.

Unlike most genres of photography, you are constantly moving and do not have much control over what you are going to shoot. You have to pay attention and be ready to shoot anything promising but on the other side, you cannot overthink your shot. You are going to have to trust your own instincts and know your camera’s capabilities.

For those of you who are immobile, it is fine to shoot from whatever window you have handy.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  1. Have a good look at the window that you are going to shoot through. How clean is it? If it is your own car’s window maybe you can take the time to wash it first. On a bus or train you could maybe move to another seat with a cleaner window.
  2. There are two types of drive-by photos. Those that look as if they have been shot from a moving vehicle and those that do not. It is a good idea to try out both options.
  3. For photos that do not look like a drive-by shot you are going to have to make sure that the window or any other part of the vehicle is not in the frame and also use a fast shutter speed to freeze the frame.
  4. Read two really great articles about drive-by photography here and here.
  5. Have a look at the drive-by shootings of April GreimanDavid BradfordJason Lorimer and Johnny Tergo who built a camera and lighting setup in the back of his Chevy Silverado.
  6. Artists in Germany entertain train passengers along the railways.

Looking for more inspiration? Again, we are entering new territory this week, so have a look at Pinterest, Flickr, and Instagram for ideas. And of course the Googles. Oh, you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: Panning

For some extra credit joo-joo, try panning. You can find a tutorial for beginners here and here are some awesome panning ideas.

Photo credit: Yosef Adest – Week 5: Panning – 2013

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this
Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting.
It’s extra credit!*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per
week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can
include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge,
or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit
more than one photo!

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