If you’re a fan of the off-road world, you’ve likely experienced this moment at one point or another--wanting to be able to document this strange and beautiful destination you’ve uncovered somewhere off in the wilderness.
Adventure-ready Tacoma TRD PRO owners know that their trucks can get them into places that few others can reach on four wheels, and with the right gear and a little guidance, coming home with cinematic proof of your exploits is even easier than you might expect.
Step One: Gear Up
From setup to getting the shot to trimming the footage after the fact, the Tacoma TRD PRO is part-adventure machine and part-rolling production studio.
Finally, as a little reminder, make sure to keep your necessary USB cables handy. You may need to charge something up as the day goes on via the Tacoma TRD Pro’s USB charging ports.
Step Two: The Adventure Begins
The Tacoma TRD PRO gives you an advantage when it comes time to venture into the wild.
All-Terrain tires, Fox Shock Absorbers (front and rear),TRD remote reservoir suspension kit and especially its roof-height Desert Air Intake work in your favour when you’re off the beaten path.
If a river crossing is in your future there’s little that stands in the path between you and some seldom-charted terrain.
*please review maximum depth of water crossing before any attempt
Step Three: Documenting the Journey
Getting packed up to properly capture your excursion is relatively painless. Of course, your DSLR or point-and-shoot digital camera will come in handy along the way (the more rugged/water resistant the better), but for those moments in motion, a good mount goes a long way.
A sturdy suction cup-camera mount for your hood is a great solution that will give viewers that perfect POV footage of the terrain you’ve worked your way across.
Remember, you’ll have opportunities to swap the mount to different places, so having some sort of cleaning wipes/rags and water to clear a new mounting point is highly recommended.
Step Four: Getting the Shot
Once you start getting into rough terrain, you’re going to want to take a moment to contemplate both camera positioning and angle of approach.
Depending on the local geography, you may come across some pretty wild views as well, which can be fun to capture from over the nose of the Tacoma or inside the cabin.
Step Five: A Remote Workspace
Considering there’s a good amount of space, comfort, and convenience inside the Tacoma TRD PRO, there’s no real reason to wait until you are home to review the footage you’ve been out and captured.
*Avoid distracted driving and only review footage with vehicle in a safely parked position
You can easily nudge your seat back and let the front center armrest act as a resting surface for your laptop, and with those extra USB cables, we suggested to pack, you can take a look at the rough cut of your videos before leaving the trail you’re shooting on.
We all know that feeling where a photo or video you’ve taken didn’t turn out as well as you’d thought, so by taking advantage of the Tacoma’s interior comforts, you’ll know if you need a second take long before you trek back to civilization.