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LovelessMedia Tutorial: How to take good Drifting Photos

    Article submitted by: Jonathan Loveless
    How to take good drifting (or motorsports in general) photos.

    A lot of people have been asking me about motorsports photography, and to tell you the truth its actually one of the easier photography subjects in my opinion. There are three absolutely needed items to have good photos.

    1: The Eye

    Only you know what looks good to you, but what looks good to you may look like a pile of crap to another person. In general, a photo will always looks good no matter who takes it if it has a few elements. It's framed well. The coloration after editing look realistic and not too flat or saturated. And it must emphasize something (More on that later).

    2: Equipment

    We've all heard that its the photographer not the camera... Well that's bullshit. If you don't have the right tool for the job, don't start the job. That being said a basic DSLR is a must. These days you can go out to Best Buy or Microcenter and purchase an SLR for 500 bucks. And best of all they are tailored to the beginner. Most of the features of a Rebel T2i are going to be automated with a few manual settings for when you figure out what things like depth of field or exposure are. Whatever your skill level, match the camera with it.

    3: Knowing the subject

    When you know your trade, you'll be the best at it. We get that way because we work hard at being the best at what pertains to us. Chances are that if you know the sport of drifting it will make you a better photographer for it.

    The Photography Aspect:

    Now lets dive into different ways of taking pictures of drift cars, be it still or on the track.

    This involves what you are trying to emphasize in your photos. Be it motion, a sponsor sticker, a face, or a background object.

    These photos are using a slower shutter speed from 1/160 to 1/320. The blurs the background whilst (with a steady tracking motion) keeping the car sharp. HDR's and realistic photos included.



    These emphasize a certain point or section of the photo.

    Corey nicely hitting the outer clip.

    Another clip hit.

    A few examples to look at. Mixed techniques.

    I made this one look like a painting.