EXPERT INSIGHT Not so fast!
Contrary to what you might think, you don’t always want the fastest possible shutter speed when shooting racing cars. If you shoot a motorbike that’s leaning over at a fast shutter speed it will still look like it’s going fast because we know intuitively that a leaning bike must be going quickly or it would fall over. Cars, though, don’t really lean, so at a fast shutter speed the risk is that your subject will look like it’s parked in the middle of the track! To capture a sense of speed, you either need to add intentional blur (see Hot Shot #01) or include something else that implies speed – some dust or gravel spitting up, smoke from squealing wheels or even another car.