Enter the Holiday Giveaway!

Savage Paper

As we get closer to the Christmas holiday, I am feeling generous again, which means it’s time for a holiday giveaway!  It’s not going to last long – from today through the end of the year, but this post will act as the conduit for a comment contest/giveaway.  Thanks to the generous folks over at Savage Paper, I got a sneak peek at their new Tech Table – a new product intended to use in a tethered shooting environment, with a ton of accessories too.  This table is a little different in that it’s slotted to allow heat to vent and dissipate, allowing your laptop to stay cool, allowing you to shoot even longer!

Savage Paper

Another neat feature of this product is how accessories mount to the entire setup, which I go into in more detail in the video review below.  It’s a modular setup, so you need the table for the accessories to mount, which is fine, because I can’t imagine shooting without the table.  I like how there are no screws, nuts and bolts or anything else needed to attach everything together.  (Except the wing nut for mounting your ball head to the setup.  Make sure to watch the entire video as the instructions for how to enter, and what info is needed in your comment in order to be eligible.

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Additionally, a fellow photographer, author, and blogger is running a companion giveaway – Mr. Kerry Garrison over at Camera Dojo.  Check out his forthcoming review as well, and make sure you enter at both sites to double your chances of winning!

There are a couple links you should bookmark, including this one (because this is where I’ll announce the winner in 2013!)  The companion post over at Kerry’s Camera Dojo site (linked above), and the folks over at Savage paper.

Some Non-Photo Tips for Photographing Motorsports

Joe Farace Sports Photography

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