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Nov 20, 2010 15:46 as a reply to  @ post 11186983 |  #16

hey guys,i was gonna start a thread but i saw this one so i thought id post in here..i am considerably new to dslr cameras and i did my first shoot at nascar at auto club speedway this past october...i was wondering if i can get any advise from you guys and see what i can do to get better,etc...all i have is what is below...thanks again for your time


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Nov 20, 2010 16:47 |  #17

Don't worry about gear, what you have is good enough for a start.

What you could do better? Hard to say without seeing any pictures first... ;)


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Nov 20, 2010 17:23 |  #18

sth_ wrote in post #11318409 (external link)
Don't worry about gear, what you have is good enough for a start.

What you could do better? Hard to say without seeing any pictures first... ;)

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=944740

thats the thread that has the pics


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Nov 21, 2010 10:03 |  #19

Most things have already been said in the other thread.

What modes were you using? Av/Tv/M or P/GreenBox?

Just a quick technical note (not motorsports-related): Looks like you're shooting JPG and have your camera set to "Adobe RGB" instead of "sRGB". Adobe RGB is better but when posting images on the web, it will cause the majority of viewers to see dull, washed out colors, since their browsers don't support color management and automatically assume the images to be sRGB.
But instead of just setting your camera to sRGB, I'd suggest shooting RAW and using a tool like Lightroom (not Photoshop) as your "Digital Darkroom".


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Nov 24, 2010 23:08 |  #20

sth_ wrote in post #11321168 (external link)
Most things have already been said in the other thread.

What modes were you using? Av/Tv/M or P/GreenBox?

Just a quick technical note (not motorsports-related): Looks like you're shooting JPG and have your camera set to "Adobe RGB" instead of "sRGB". Adobe RGB is better but when posting images on the web, it will cause the majority of viewers to see dull, washed out colors, since their browsers don't support color management and automatically assume the images to be sRGB.
But instead of just setting your camera to sRGB, I'd suggest shooting RAW and using a tool like Lightroom (not Photoshop) as your "Digital Darkroom".

i was using manual mode...i shoot with jpeg because i am not familiar with raw processing i guess you can say..and i do not have any photo-editing programs but im working on it...thanks for replying and sorry it took a while for me to reply..


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Dec 04, 2010 12:28 |  #21

Coming to this thread very late, but if it is road racing you are shooting, trackside or from the spectator areas the standard lens is the 500mm f/4. The 300 f/2.8, and the 70-200 f/2.8 as well. In the pits, the 17-40, or the 24-70.


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Dec 04, 2010 17:21 |  #22

adamsti wrote in post #11394413 (external link)
Coming to this thread very late, but if it is road racing you are shooting, trackside or from the spectator areas the standard lens is the 500mm f/4.


Hahaha, because a beginner usually has £5,000 to spend on a lens, and has the experience and know how to get the best out of it.


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Dec 04, 2010 18:02 |  #23

Look at the Tamron 17-50 2.8 for pits. Good performer for the price. ;)


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Dec 04, 2010 23:20 |  #24

Ingsy wrote in post #11395758 (external link)
Hahaha, because a beginner usually has £5,000 to spend on a lens, and has the experience and know how to get the best out of it.

You want the truth, I gave it to the guy.


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Dec 05, 2010 11:50 |  #25

adamsti wrote in post #11397206 (external link)
You want the truth, I gave it to the guy.

Nah. You gave him one version. Your version much more than his. His version will be substantially different.


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Dec 05, 2010 12:42 |  #26

more like he gave him the 'posters' vs '4x6' s version..

I'm making that journey myself... the fact is, you get tons of great snapshots with the 55-250, every once in a while, the lighting lines up enough you can get a great one.

with the faster glass, the great shots happen with regularity :)




  
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Dec 05, 2010 12:49 |  #27

Flores wrote in post #11399272 (external link)
more like he gave him the 'posters' vs '4x6' s version..

I don't understand your reference but, whatever, most of us live in the real world and start out with kit lenses, used or off-brand stuff.


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Dec 05, 2010 12:55 |  #28

aphphoto wrote in post #11399305 (external link)
I don't understand your reference but, whatever, most of us live in the real world and start out with kit lenses, used or off-brand stuff.

I did too, but you quickly learn if you want killer shots there is no getting around you need a long lens to do this stuff.


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Dec 05, 2010 14:21 |  #29

Javelin wrote in post #10771550 (external link)
I am wanting to buy a used Canon body and lenses with the primary use being Motorsports photography.

Because of the long distances that are typical of race tracks, long lenses are most useful.

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340mm.


However, a long lens doesn't need to be an expensive lens. The above examples came from a US $500 Tokina 80-400mm, (external link) a reasonably-priced unit for the focal length range.



  
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Dec 05, 2010 18:47 |  #30

adamsti wrote in post #11397206 (external link)
You want the truth, I gave it to the guy.


That is simply just not true. It depends on the track and where you are. Say Road Atlanta... If you are using the 500 you will need to leave the 'credential area' and go out into spectator areas to shoot down into the Esses. A 70-200 or 300mm IMO is more useful at Road Atlanta than lugging around a 500.

Is the 500 the 'motorsport lens of choice'? Probably. Doesn't mean I would say get that lens first off if you want to shoot motorsports. I would recommend renting a 300mm f/4 IS and a 1.4x TC... and experiment and see if that is what you want to do.

Furthermore if you are at Road Atlanta... you could shoot the whole thing with a 70-200 and if you want to get a little more reach a 300mm f/4 IS. Even if you are in the spectator area. Some spectator spots are within 6 inches of the credential areas. What do you lose? Some zoom compression? Look of a big 500mm?

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