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an essential ATV racing photography guide. Here you are provided with all the action that takes place on the racing tracks through the lens. In addition to bringing you the thrilling photographs, we aim to deliver you the quality content on capturing the best racing shots so the thirst of your inner sports photographer is adequately quenched.
ATV racing involves quad-motor or four-wheeler. Capturing the thrill of ATV Racing is not much different from motocross or off-road racing since all of these three are the types of fast-paced racing. So the tips and tricks that work for motocross racing work equally well for photographing the thrill of ATV racing.
Given below are some tips which would leave the viewers awe-struck and completely dumb-founded:
Pre-focus your camera on the spot where the subject would most likely appear so that there is no delay between shutter release and the final capture. Release the shutter as soon as you get to see your subject moving into the focus of the frame.
Mastering to capture the motion in ATV racing is the real art. If you are a beginner then some technical mistakes are likely but reading through photography tips and tricks and then practicing on your own in the racing ground would help you get them at your fingertips. Slowing down shutter speed would give a blurry background effect leaving behind your subject in the sharp focus. That shot would give a very creative tinge to your otherwise regular photographs. The other trick is achieving the motion kind of a thing by following the panning technique. Panning involves following the object that allows the blurry background.
Nobody likes to be on the ground where the action to be photographed is likely only to realize later that he doesn’t have the right gear in his/her backpack. That is especially important while capturing the thrill of ATV racing. You need to have two lenses installed in your backpack which include wide angle and telephoto lenses. Since ATV race photography is all about capturing wide area from afar that is why you need to make use of either wide-angle lens for capturing bigger area of view or telephoto lens to capture racing motors from the farthest distance. A wide-angle lens would capture a photograph with a maximum number of elements in the frame while telephoto lens would snap pictures with a narrow area of view but it has an edge over the former lens for it is capable of capturing photos from the farthest distance which no other photography lens is capable of. So, always keep both the lenses in your backpack while heading straight for the ATV race photography.
Get Yourself Acquainted with the Exposure Triangle
Exposure triangle is about three important elements which contribute to the final look of the shot. It includes adjusting shutter speed, aperture size, and the ISO value to get the aptest final shot that is appropriately lit.
Shutter speed adjustment is another important setting to master. In off-road racing, you need to freeze the thrilling action. Faster shutter speed freeze the fastest-paced action but give a look of a parked vehicle. Slower shutter speeds capture the action with the subject in sharp focus and the blurry background that shows perfect thrilling action. But you need to experiment with the faster shutter speeds since the off-road race is fastest to capture and freezing the ATV racing motion is your utmost priority.
Aperture size controls the amount of light entering the sensor of your camera. Narrow aperture size is appropriate in the daylight whereas you can change the size of the aperture to its widest value when the scene is relatively darker so you get to have appropriately toned ATV racing photos captured in the end.
In case, you don’t like the pungent flashlight then increasing your ISO number is the only option you are left with. Increased ISO value would make your pictures a bit grainy though, so increasing it above 800-1600 won’t be the greatest choice even in the darkest light conditions.
ATV extreme sports include twists and turns in quad bikes, four-wheeler, motorbikes where danger lurks around every stunt. Capturing these shots perfectly can only be the work of a pro, and these tips are coming from an experienced extreme sports photographer.
Equipment you will need
When you are considering shooting bikes at high speed on a racetrack, a fast shutter speed, and a decent zoom is necessary, don’t expect to get good results with an average camera as it has a delay between when you press to capture and when the actual shot is taken showing that in reality, you’ve missed all the action.
There will be a lot of panning technique involved while racing so consider using a tripod or a monopod unless you can be very steady while capturing with an effective pan of the zooming vehicle.
Properly using the Panning Technique
For the beginner, a good wide aperture with a 1/1000 second shutter speed will get sharp enough pictures thus enabling you to let off a round of shots on each pan. To achieve a good sense of motion, you need to try experimenting with the motion blur. The perfect Blur can create a really good sense of speed criteria in a picture, but make sure you don’t overdo it, overdoing the blur will make it difficult to make out what exactly it is you have captured.
Panning involves following the bikes while you take shots as the camera is moving. It is not difficult as it seems but requires few tricks, it can be quite difficult to get the hang of the right shot especially with a large zoom lens. Successful Panning is when you get the shot of the vehicle with a blurred background to suggest motion. Motor racing is an ideal sport to use this technique.
- Begin with Pre-focus lens on the spot where the racer will pass by
- Choose a shutter speed of 1/200th per second
- Follow the subject in a smooth horizontal motion and quickly press the shutter button
- In motorcycle racing, each racer should be easy to focus on with a telephoto zoom lens
- Practice as much as you can and as often as you can
The Best Place for the Shot
Before taking actual shots, try to feel how the bikes move around the track. It is easier to capture the bikes going around 50mph than actually traveling on a high-speed straight at 180mph.
Experiment as often as you can
Play with various angles, settings, and positions, decide few spots at different corners before actually capturing them.
Use motion blur on a slow corner when the bikes are collectively taking a turn. That way, you will get the lead bikes in sharp focus while the tail-enders in motion blur.
Alternatively, use the stop motion technique and full zoom on the end to capture some details like tire smoke, or decal stickers on a rider’s helmet.