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aznvintagewear
10th of April 2009 (Fri), 21:42
i plan on going to a D1GP event and i was wondering if anybody could give me advice as far as taking drifting pics. I plan on renting a 70-200 f2.8 and i was wondering what settings do you usually shoot in?

*Knowledge*
10th of April 2009 (Fri), 23:57
Pan your shots, shoot in shutter priority(Tv) at about 1/60 and let the body set the aperture for you.

neilattopspeedtuning
15th of April 2009 (Wed), 15:36
Pan your shots, shoot in shutter priority(Tv) at about 1/60 and let the body set the aperture for you.


that's a good start...i (with my 40d) ususally use between 1/60 and 1/120 or so....body does the rest..

here are some of my snaps...a little grainy..but that's gona change this year....practice...practice is key!

http://topspeedtuning.com/coppermine/albums/10-2008%20formula%20d%20at%20irwindale%20ca%201024%20 x%20768%20stamped/IMG_0223.jpg

http://topspeedtuning.com/coppermine/albums/10-2008%20formula%20d%20at%20irwindale%20ca%201024%20 x%20768%20stamped/IMG_9989.jpg

ryant35
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 02:04
Pan your shots, shoot in shutter priority(Tv) at about 1/60 and let the body set the aperture for you.

If it's your first time panning I would start with a faster shutter and then when you can keep the cars sharp consistently then lower your shutter speed towards 1/60 sec. If you start that slow there is a good chance you will be very disappointed.

I usually start at 1/250 for most motorsports and lower my shutter speed depending on what I am trying to get. While I have captured a truck in the air at 1/40sec and managed to keep it sharp, the keeper rate is so low at that speed it's frustrating.

aznvintagewear
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 10:40
so is it best to shoot in TV mode or manual? what apearture would i put if im shooting in Manual? thanks for the advice

Bicknell55
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 11:36
Whatever aperture value you needed to properly expose the image.

ryant35
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 11:40
so is it best to shoot in TV mode or manual? what apearture would i put if im shooting in Manual? thanks for the advice


Shoot Tv mode, during the day you will end up with a very small aperature value, f/8-16 or so. So be sure to set your iso to 100 to keep your aperature as large as possible. If your sensor isn't clean you will notice when shooting panning.

You can try manual mode, but unless it's at night you will end working to keep your images properly exposed instead of working on your panning technique, so I would start with Tv mode so you can specifically select your shutter speed.

chopperdave
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 13:20
Its jsut like normal motorsports photography, just makes for more interesting photos because they are always sideways with the tires smoking =)

I shoot manual when doing motorsports just because then the white cars and black cars and whatever are exposed the same, but, maybe I am weird, I use manual most of the time when doing other stuff too. lol.

http://www.racecarshots.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/i-miss-cars.jpg

http://www.racecarshots.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/2008-03-27.jpg

eric gautier
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 13:35
1/160 is a good starting point. as you feel comfortable... drop it lower. have fun out there.

http://www.elusivemedia.com/gallery/d/79442-3/IMG_1652-2.jpg

http://www.elusivemedia.com/gallery/d/79432-3/IMG_1534-2.jpg

GVal
22nd of April 2009 (Wed), 23:26
Also make sure you're using AI Servo and Continuous mode. Bring lots of memory. The more you shoot the more keepers you'll have.

Nappy
25th of April 2009 (Sat), 19:49
This is a great thread for me, seeing as I'm in a similar boat as OP. I have one more question to add onto this, manual or auto focus? Also how terrible is the 18-55 kits lens going to be for something like this? I'm looking at getting the 55-250 soon, but I might not have it before I take photos.

AnnieM
26th of April 2009 (Sun), 15:49
I went to my first drifting event yesterday but ended up quite a way from the corner they were drifting around and up high! Frustrating. I was also behind the cars and couldn't get to the other side of the track!

I used Shutter priority (Tv) and started around a/160th and came down from there to about 1/100th but it was quite overcast to start with and a bit grey. Also used Al Servo.

A couple of the shots I managed to get (I was quite pleased to see movement in the front wheel as the back wheel was locked with the brakes) If I remember right, I think I was at full 300mm zoom with my Canon 20D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3594/3473760399_01060356b7_o.jpg


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3365/3474491674_0d56271386_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3632/3475875776_927fc80efd_o.jpg

Nappy
26th of April 2009 (Sun), 18:58
Shots look great, yes you are correct the back wheels lock up from the E-Brake then once the drift is initiated, you lay on the gas. Although there are different methods, this is what seems happened in your situation, and it looks like the first 2 are right at the turn so you get the back wheel with no motion. Other wise they look good.

Skids
27th of August 2009 (Thu), 06:13
Great article

I am going to be taking my first drifting shots this weekend and have found these tips very useful.

I now need to decide which lens to use and would be grateful for any advice.

Unfortunately I wont know how close to the action I will be until I get there but this would be my options.

Canon 17 - 40 L (for the quality as long as I am very close)

Canon 28 - 135 IS (Should I turn IS off though?)

Sigma 70 - 300 (If I am further away or to get pics of the driver, smoking wheels etc)

Please tell me what you would recommend from these options.

Cheers

Darren.

ryant35
27th of August 2009 (Thu), 10:33
Great article

I am going to be taking my first drifting shots this weekend and have found these tips very useful.

I now need to decide which lens to use and would be grateful for any advice.

Unfortunately I wont know how close to the action I will be until I get there but this would be my options.

Canon 17 - 40 L (for the quality as long as I am very close)

Canon 28 - 135 IS (Should I turn IS off though?)

Sigma 70 - 300 (If I am further away or to get pics of the driver, smoking wheels etc)

Please tell me what you would recommend from these options.

Cheers

Darren.

I would bring all 3 lenses, yes turn off the IS because I don't believe that lens as the 2 mode IS, so your IS will be fighting your panning.

The 17-40 will only work for you if you will be shooting RIGHT next to the track. But bring it anyway if there will be displays and such to shoot off the track.

Taken with my 17-40, I was close, and there was no rail to get in the shots.
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ryant35/LOORRS%20Rnd%203/IMG_2575.jpg

mattyb240
28th of August 2009 (Fri), 14:47
Wow last shot takes some stones with no rail!

ryant35
28th of August 2009 (Fri), 15:25
Wow last shot takes some stones with no rail!

This one is the same turn at 70mm

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ryant35/LOORRS%20Rnd%203/IMG_2064-1.jpg