take winning motorsport pictures
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.