Some Non-Photo Tips for Photographing Motorsports

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Guest post by Joe Farace

Joe Farace Sports Photography

Some of following suggestions about photographing any kind of motorsport event may seem obvious to some of this blog’s readers but if you follow them I’ll guarantee that it will result in your capturing better images because there won’t be any non-photographic distractions.

Park your vehicle in a designated parking spot. The last thing you need to hear when you are getting ready to photograph a championship event is the race announcer calling “will the owner of the orange Gremlin, please move your car or be towed.”

Remain behind safety barriers at all times. But safety barriers are not set up everywhere so use your judgment when choosing a place to photograph the races. If you’re not sure about the location you have selected, chances are a safety worker will shortly arrive and ask you to move. Be nice to them; they have a tough enough job.

It may not be hot at the track but it surely will be loud. Bring earplugs. If you don’t have a set, most tracks’ concession stands sell inexpensive earplugs but plan ahead and make sure to have several pair in your camera bag. They are easy to loose but are inexpensive to replace. As Emeril always says: “Make a friend.” Share with someone who forgot theirs.

Be alert while in the pits because there will be many scooters, 4-wheelers, motorcycles, or golf carts transporting people around. Be alert for cars getting ready to enter the staging area. Racecars don’t have horns like the family jalopy but you should hear them coming—even with earplugs.

As with most professional sport facilities, photographers are typically only allowed to make video or still pictures of the vehicles for personal use and they may not be sold or marketed without having a prior arrangement from the speedway and/or the sanctioning body. Save yourself any legal hassle but taking care of this when obtaining your track credentials. That doesn’t mean you can’t sell photographs to the teams and racers on the track, which can help make you a few bucks.

Today is Joe’s Birthday, wish him well on Twitter or Facebook. You can find more tips about photographic cars in Joe’s eBook “15 Tips for Better Car Photos”.

You can also read more from Joe’s own blog at Saving the World, One Pixel at a Time

Time to Get Away

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Every once and a while to get the creative juices flowing, take a mental health day, or even to celebrate an anniversary, it helps to get out of Dodge for a while.

We took this particular weekend as a long weekend to do all of the above. We are off to Glenwood Springs, CO! Known for its therapeutic hot springs, gorgeous bike trails, and Amtrack trips along the wall of the canyons and following the Colorado River, we are going to soak our cares away for a long weekend.

I will obviously take the camera in tow, and will have more to report coming soon (from a photographic perspective of course)! For now though, have a great weekend! What are your photo goals? Don’t forget to consider entering the monthly contest as time is almost up!

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