2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 MazdaSpeed3: As Camera Platform

November 16, 2009


No, we didn't buy a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. But did you ever wonder how we get these zoom-zoom road shots? The right answer is NOT photoshop. We call them "car-to-car" shots and it helps if we've got 3 people involved (one drives the subject car, one drives the camera car, and one shoots the photos), but here's one way to do it when you've got just one driver and one photographer.

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Kurt Niebuhr steered the MazdaSpeed3 with one hand and held a shutter release in the other. Unlike in the dark ages when cameras used something called film that required at least a day to view the fruits of our labor, we could periodically pull over, check the framing and exposure, adjust as needed, and proceed.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ (+/-) 1,000 miles (a month ago)

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