The 4 photographic decisions that take this motorsport shot to the next level

Porsche 963
Porsche 963 at Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2022 (Image credit: Phil Hay)

1: Clear composition

The image structure is based on the leading perspective. “I knew I wanted to catch the Porsche 963 in the middle of the image, but it wasn’t easy to find the right spot to achieve this composition,” says Phil. “In the end, I had to climb a tree and so I took this shot from about three metres up, balancing between the trunk and two branches.” Phil did a basic cleanup of distracting elements, such as leaves and marshals in the background, to achieve the high-quality look he was after.

Phil Hay

North Yorkshire-based automotive and motorsport photographer Phil Hay works with clients from the UK and internationally. As a freelance photographer, he decided to start his own business during the first Covid lockdown and considers himself extremely lucky to have the opportunity to spend time around the most beautiful machines on the planet.

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Kim Bunermann
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Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.

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