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A Truck-Turned-Photo-Studio For a Different Kind of Drive-By

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LA-based photographer Johnny Tergo has taken an interest the kind of drive-by we can actually get behind. A frequent commuter, Tergo decided to use time on the road to his advantage—by building a custom camera and lighting rig in his Chevy Silverado that lets him snap studio-quality shots of unsuspecting passers-by.

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Remaining in the driver's seat at all times, Tergo is able to control every aspect of his speeding studio. An app called Capture Pilot lets him use his iPad mini to remotely set exposure. Custom fitted controls allow him to toy with the mounted strobes for appropriate ambiant light. And since his subjects are usually entirely unaware of the role they're about to play, expertly timed honks and jerks forward help him frame the image to his liking.

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Illustration for article titled A Truck-Turned-Photo-Studio For a Different Kind of Drive-By

While the rig is amazing on its own, the photographs it produces are just as much of a delight to behold. Confused, unaware, and (rightly) startled people stare back at you from the shots, some mere seconds away from angrily shouting at their newfound paparazzo (which Johnny admits, tends to happen occasionally). So if you happen to be wandering around LA, make sure to smile pretty—you never know who's watching. [Peta Pixel]

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2noob2banoob
Zeust the Mepsuan

I agree with everyone saying this is dangerous, unless he has a passenger doing the photo stuff (or he is the passenger and someone is driving him around). Also, aren't there privacy laws forbidding to publish photos of random people without their consent? I know this is America and all, but really?

That said, this guy can probably snap some kick-ass pics which are impossible to get when people are aware of being photographed. And I'm sure there are a lot of people who would give consent to publish those if this guy has the guts to get out the car and ask them.