Four Tips for Capturing Motorcycle Racing

posted on 23rd of april, 2015

Hello everyone.
I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 round of the MotoGP World Championship in Austin, Texas on April 10-12.
Having been to these races before I knew what to expect and some of the best places to position myself to get reasonably good shots. So Tip #1 for Capturing Motorcycle racing is to get as close as possible. I tried to shoot from a position where the bikes were not at top speed. The braking zones coming into a slow corner were a good choice. Note how rider Marc Marquez is very hard on the brakes (front forks compressed, rear tire barely touching the surface) in the image below.



Camera settings can vary depending of lighting conditions and how fast the subject is moving. Most of these shots were taken with overcast skies...

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Comments (4)

Posted by Teodororoianu on April 27, 2015
Good pics! You can check out my photos with moving cars if you like. Some of them ar taken at 1sec exposure time.
Posted by Curtwill7 on April 26, 2015
Thanks for the input Babar. You will be very lucky to get any sharp images at 1/30 (!). Maybe you can get better images with 1/250 but they will be few. Perhaps you have some examples to share. I would love to see them.
Posted by Babar760 on April 25, 2015
Sorry, not so good job. Motorcycles are capable of going 195mph and you show me no speed here. First tip, learn to pan with the motorcycle. As he's coming in to the frame on your left, follow the rider until he is directly in front of you. Then take the picture. Shutter speeds should be between 1/30 and 1/250, depending on the amount of blur you want in the background and what speed he is going. It takes practice but I'm sure you'll get it.
Sharp motorcycle and blurred background. The ideal is to pan smoothly and at exactly the speed of the motorcycle. Good luck!

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