NASCAR events are truly invigorating, full of movement and sound and speed. One of the most difficult things a photographer can do is to attempt to capture that same excitement through a still photo. However, it’s entirely possible. Here are a few suggestions to consider as you enter the racing arena.
1. Hone Your Reflexes: It may sound obvious, but without adequate reflexes, you’ll end up with dozens of pictures that only capture the tail end of the car or a blurred streak. The fastest shutter in the world won’t be of much help to you if you don’t know when to use it. If you’ve never tried taking pictures of race cars, try practicing beforehand. Use targets such as city buses, police cars, or trains. Along with helping you learn how to capture fast moving objects, these exercises will do wonders for helping you learn how to pinpoint a desired object in a crowded setting and capture it in a way that sets it apart.
2. Be Aware of Your Camera Settings: This is also a basic tip for photographing NASCAR events, but you would be surprised at just how much of a difference it makes. For example, taking advantage of auto focus, multiple shot functions, your flash settings, and other tools can do wonders for helping you capture that perfect shot. You can learn more about these functions by consulting your camera’s manual or by contacting the manufacturer.
3. Be Aware of your Shutters: The type of shutter speed you choose can create a wide variety of different effects. The fastest speed is great for taking crisp, professional, no nonsense shots. However, many photographers find this option a bit too perfect; while the color, lighting, and lines are vivid and sharp, there is no blur to give it a sense of movement. As a result, you end up with shots where the cars seem frozen in place. Adjusting your shutter speed can allow you to create photos that have a better sense of speed and movement. This is accomplished by blurring the race car or blurring the cars around it, leaving your target in stark relief.
These are only a few suggestions to consider when photographing NASCAR events. While one of the most challenging subjects out there, nothing can quite compare to the immense sense of satisfaction you get from being able to capture unique, captivating moments in racing on film.
Mr. Valence is a digital camera repair guru at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler, Arizona. Rick loves to blog about his favorite camera repair Phoenix destinations in his spare time. He also enjoys making home brewed beer and watching NASCAR races with this friends.