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Jul 16, 2009 20:35 |  #61

Excellent work!


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Jul 16, 2009 21:36 |  #62

Love the lotus picture.




  
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Jul 19, 2009 13:07 |  #63

Great work! How does one go about getting into shooting cars and bikes, especially bikes?


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Jul 19, 2009 14:19 |  #64

Great shots!


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Jul 19, 2009 16:26 |  #65

I was about to buy your wallpaper collection, but free is good. :lol:




  
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Jul 19, 2009 20:13 |  #66

Thanks!

Digital_zen wrote in post #8306797 (external link)
Great work! How does one go about getting into shooting cars and bikes, especially bikes?

It was something I just fell into, which I realize might sound odd. At the time (5-6 yrs ago) I was racing cars of all sorts, formula and closed-wheel. Through this, I met some Ferrari club guys and started attending/covering Ferrari club events. So I was taking a lot of photos of that stuff, and started to pick up a rep locally/regionally. I still do some work like that, coveiring car rallies, or national car meets (FCA Annual Meet, for instance). I started shooting bikes only through my work for local motorcycle dealerships, and later for Ducati. Automotive photographers usually have a sharp set of specialty skills for dealing with movement, such as good panning skills, proficiency with rigging, etc. These are good things to become acquainted with and practice if you want to get into it. Here are a couple examples. I tried to pull older shots from track days, where you're just doing a repetitive movement to practice/get used to panning.

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If you can shoot like that consistently you'll have an advantage over other photographers doing this kind of thing....although it is a fairly basic skill to master, most folks just crank the shutter speed to "freeze" the action, where it becomes easy to get fast objects framed properly. The downside there is that the photos are flat and lack depth, and don't really have that extra "zing" unless it's a photo of a crash or some action work freezing in microscopic detail. At the hobbyist/practice level you'll want to attend local track/scca events where you probably don't have to pay admission and there will be lots of cars screaming around at various speeds -- best kind of practice you can get. Eventually people will notice and ask about your photos :-) Getting private or commercial work is all in your ability to talk up the client and your skill level. Hope this helps! I'd be happy to answer any questions.

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I was about to buy your wallpaper collection, but free is good. :lol:

Thanks for the thought :-) I'll be releasing another wallpaper pack before the end of the year, I think. If you've got some cash to spare and enjoy my work, I'll have some inexpensive posters this fall as well.


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