take win­ning mo­tor­sport pic­tures

Australian T3 - - TECH LIFE -

Let high-speed pho­tog­ra­phy ex­pert and academy

trainer Jon Hob­ley be your nav­i­ga­tor 1/ Test shots – Get to an event early and prac­tice ex­po­sures.

There’s no point in start­ing shoot­ing when a race is on. 2/ Ex­po­sure – Try to shoot in man­ual mode to have more

con­trol over your set­tings. If cars have their lights on, par­tic­u­larly if on a qual­i­fy­ing lap or in bad weather, shut­ter

pri­or­ity will cause the cam­era to un­der­ex­pose the image. 3/ Pan­ning – A smooth tech­nique will al­low you to shoot at slower shut­ter speeds. If light­ing is ideal – cloudy or dif­fused

sun – try shoot­ing as low as 1/50th to get dra­matic shots. 4/ Fo­cus­ing – Most DSLRs have an op­tion to set Rear But­ton Fo­cus­ing, where the aut­o­fo­cus is in­de­pen­dent of the shut­ter. This can take a bit of get­ting used to but it will im­prove re­sults. 5/ Know your sub­ject – Look out for wheels lift­ing, body­work scrap­ing and ex­hausts flam­ing to get some great shots.

Don’t stay in the same lo­ca­tion for too long, ei­ther. 6/ Ac­ces­sories – Make sure you have enough mem­ory and

bat­tery to avoid dis­ap­point­ment. Carry a plas­tic bag and elas­tic bands, too – es­sen­tial, in­ex­pen­sive kit for pro­tect­ing

cam­era equip­ment in un­pre­dictable weather.

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