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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Car Crash Test Photography


Have you ever watched slow motion car crash tests and wondered how they go about capturing the imagery they do? Well, if you have, the above video might answer some of your questions.

Done as research for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States, these crashes and accompanying analysis of the damaged vehicles help to ensure that cars and their features are as safe as possible before hitting the market.


As part of this research, the IIHS has a YouTube channel where they post the resulting crash tests and – as this video above shows – a BTS look at how they go about setting up and creating the videos.

Considering this type of photography is far more technical and analytical than most, it’s incredible to see just how much goes into the production of a single shot. Complex cameras, unique lighting setups, and plenty of crushing/crunching make for one heck of an interesting video.

(via Rush Lane)