JacobPhoto wrote in post #15572488
Here's another suggestion: Shoot things that people aren't shooting. Panning while a car or moto rolls past you is one thing, but that's what everyone is shooting. Think outside the box, work outside the box. Shoot the pit stop. Shoot the team manager talking to the crew chief. Shoot the driver talking on the grid to other drivers. Shoot the team's reaction as the driver crosses the finish line. Shoot the drivers signing autographs for fans. Those are images that others aren't thinking about that will make you stand out.
Also, focus at working under deadline. Get your images uploaded within 24 to 48 hours, preferably well captioned. Even if it's on your own blog. Add results and details (date, location, track name, etc) to the post. This is information that is far more valuable than "hey, here's some sweet pics I took at the track". One person who's generally good at this is Mark Rebilas - http://markjrebilas.com/blog/
So true. Last year, my role changed and I actually missed several competitions, but still had committed event coverage to people. I tried to pay some people to provide me coverage and most of them couldn't fulfill what I needed. I was even offering cash money! Yet they were all too busy being hobbyists and hanging out with their friends in the media pit than shooting the important non-racing aspects of the event. Think outside the start and finish, capture the event.
For the racing circuit I cover, I needed 3 to 7 shots with multiple competitors in the photo, a podium shot that included the winner (either hoisting the trophy or spraying champagne preferred), and 3-5 other images (grid girls, crews working on the cars, etc). All needed to be uploaded in full res within 72 hours of the end of the race. I offered multiple photographers, and only 1 was able to fulfill my needs in a timely manor.
Good lord, 72 hour deadline? And they still couldn't meet it?! Wow...
Let me know if you need any help with anything.