Nikon school

Neil Free­man speaks

Digital Photograper - - Shooting Skills -

What are the core skills for au­to­mo­tive pho­tog­ra­phy?

To be a good au­to­mo­tive pho­tog­ra­pher, you need a wide range of skills. From a tech­ni­cal per­spec­tive, the abil­ity to use track­ing fo­cus and the cor­rect shut­ter speeds to ‘pan’ a mov­ing sub­ject are very high on the list, and if work­ing in a stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment, how to light a large sub­ject such as car or bike and then min­imise the re­flec­tions. It is also im­por­tant to de­velop or un­der­stand the ‘look’ or ‘feel’ you want to cre­ate in your images to make them dy­namic and stand out from the crowd.

how can the Nikon School help you to de­velop these skills?

Nikon School cur­rently run pho­tog­ra­phy days at Brands Hatch rac­ing cir­cuit where our del­e­gates have me­dia ac­cess passes to get right up close to the ac­tion and learn how to track fo­cus and pan fast-mov­ing cars and bikes. We are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a new range of au­to­mo­tive pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops for 2018 in as­so­ci­a­tion with

Amy Shore.

“The high ISO per­for­mance of the sen­sors makes it pos­si­ble to shoot eas­ily in low-light sit­u­a­tions such as garages”

What is the ad­van­tage of the Nikon sys­tem for au­to­mo­tive pho­tog­ra­phy?

With the res­o­lu­tion avail­able from the cam­era sen­sors, you can cap­ture a high level of de­tail in your images. The high ISO per­for­mance of the sen­sors also makes it pos­si­ble to shoot eas­ily in low-light sit­u­a­tions such as dimly lit garages or pit lanes. This along­side the very fast and ac­cu­rate dy­namic fo­cus­ing sys­tems in the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of cam­eras makes track­ing fo­cus very easy, and the sport Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion (VR) mode in some of the new lenses also makes ‘pan­ning’ shots much more achiev­able. The dy­namic range in the new EXPEED 5 sen­sors also makes post-pro­cess­ing eas­ier as you now have the abil­ity to un­cover a wide range of de­tail in the shadow ar­eas of an im­age or pull back high­lights if re­quired.

What spe­cific cour­ses do you rec­om­mend?

For any­one in­ter­ested in au­to­mo­tive pho­tog­ra­phy, our cour­ses such as Fast Bikes and Fo­cus­ing or

Fast Cars and Fo­cus­ing held at Brands Hatch are a per­fect way to learn the skills re­quired.

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