Its that time of year when Motorsports season kicks off around Australia.
There are events such as the Clipsal 500, The Australian Grand Prix and state motorsport series all start to begin for the year.
For many motorsport fans, photography is also a passion. So they want to look at capturing the best photos they can of the action.
As the action is generally fast moving it can be hard to capture but with these few tips you can certainly help improve your skills.
Ideally in order to do this you need a SLR or CSC camera, the reason for this is that the autofocus speed, frame rate and shutter delay is a lot better in these models than in compact cameras.
This is not to say that you cannot still capture action shots on your phone or compact camera.
When using these types of cameras there a couple of things you can do to improve your photos.
Look for the continuous shooting mode in your camera/phone. Most will have this option it will generally be in the set up for the camera under shooting mode. This will allow you to hold your finger down on the shutter and shoot a continuous rate of images, which will help you to improve your accuracy.
Pre focusing on subject is also a handy way to be guaranteed to capture a fast moving object. What you need to do in order to be able to do this is find a point where you know the vehicle will travel, a spot on the track or road where they are sure to pass over, then focus your camera there and hold your button on the focus and then as soon as the vehicle comes into frame press the button down the rest of the way to capture the image, this would work well with the continuous shooting mode we discussed above.
Another usefully tip to improve your images is to pan with your subject which results in a blurred background and helps to make your subject stand out from the background.
The panning technique can also be applied to working with phones and cameras, but some of them will not allow you to change or control shutter speed, so it does make it very hard to make the most of this technique.
The process behind panning is an easy one, effectively when taking the photo of a moving object you pan the camera with the movement of the subject. Say you are tracking a vehicle which is one track and is coming from your right and is exiting on your left. You then track the vehicle from when it enters the area and keep following it until it is midway through, this when you then release the shutter, but after releasing the shutter you keep panning the camera so as to keep movement happening whilst the shutter is open.
If you are pre focusing then you set your focus point in the middle of between where the vehicle enters from and where it exits from.
If you are using a camera that had focusing tracking then it is a simple process of locking onto your subject as they appear and then keeping the focus on the subject as they move past you.