9. Shoot a car from unusual angles
Amateurs are usually advised to tackle motorsports by using the classic angle-and-pan technique to render the background as a blur as the subject whizzes by. This creates dynamic images, but why not try a different approach?
The stunning shot on the left by motorsports pro Jakob Ebrey is a great example of what can be achieved with a little experimentation.
“I took the shot at Oulton Park Circuit using a wide-angle lens, exposing for 1/500 sec at f/8,” says Jakob. “I love the effects of the barriers and the dark background.”
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- If you’re using trackside elements to frame the action, you’ll need a shutter speed of at least 1/500 sec to freeze the motion of the car. Don’t try and pan with the subject – keep the camera still.
- Try angling the camera to create strong diagonals across the image.
- Choose your shooting location wisely for action spots on the track, and keep your eye on the backgrounds. “A parked car or van will ruin the best picture in the world,” says Jakob.