April 2, 2006 at 7:35 pm #521AnonymousParticipant
I have been designated mycar club’s unofficial photographer. I’m looking to improve on taking shots of cars in motion. I have a nikon d50 with the lens that came with it but I also have access to a sigma 70-300mm lens. Which most every picture was taken with in this zip filehttp://oneweb.utc.edu/~ray-soldano/autocross.zip. Any suggestions would be great. If you like cars there are 444 pictures.April 2, 2006 at 7:36 pm #4607Saldo1981Participant
Thought I was logged in. I’m new. Oh well.April 3, 2006 at 4:34 am #4608ClaffParticipant
Pictures look great to me, I’ve been pretending to be a motorsports photographer for a few years now (short track NASCAR stuff) but have always been a sports car person who did some autocrossing many years ago though I’m looking to get back into it this summer.
Anyway if I were to nitpick the pics you submitted the only real weak point I see is with the resizing/compression, the pics seem kinda jaggy and the colors aren’t always smooth, both probably a result of the processes to get the pics down to a manageable size. If you got the pics down to say 800×600 and kept the filesize around 100k they’d probably look a whole lot better.
I like the way you shot the event, though. Lots of angles, got both cars and people, gave a real good feel for the event. Saw some fuzzy shots, mostly those that were shot at the rear of the car as it was going away from you, and I can’t ever get those right either so I hardly ever try anymore.
Can’t give much advice hardware-wise. I had been using a 4-year old Olympus but that went belly-up this past fall so now I have a Nikon D100 to play with. I want to spring for a bigger lens than the 28-70mm that’s on it now but will wait till after the first chance I get to shoot at a track to decide what I need and how badly I need it.
PS loved the Elise! Gotta find out how to get my hands on one of those someday.April 3, 2006 at 7:56 pm #4609Saldo1981Participant
I think most of my pictures were at a 150mm focal length. I felt safer being further away. I didnt’ use any kind of tripod/monopod. I resized them using a batch editor but I just got photoshop and I’m going to start learning how to use it. Maybe I can get the best pictures down to a web friendly size and keep them as sharp as possible. I also found a program that can read the .nef files and output large tiff files to further edit in photoshop because for some reason photoshop won’t open the .nef files.
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