Your home in front of your iMac reviewing the past weekend’s vintage / historic race images. That blue Costin Lister Chevrolet has lost the excitement you felt when you pushed the shutter. Theres a porto potty behind every car in Laguna’s turn five. How come you missed a shot of the Porsche 911RSR raising its inside wheel every time it went through Laguna’s turn two? Your images of the drivers are just blah.
If you had been inside the fence alongside those professional photographers would your images be any different? From years of shooting all types of motorsports I can tell you ‘inside the fence’ or the newest longest lens may not be the answer. Group f8 has launched a series of motor sports photography workshops aimed at the experienced amateur photographer who wants to hone his or her skills and possibly move into the pro ranks. The classes will take place at two of North America’s most photogenic race tracks, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in March and Circuit Mount-Tremblant in July. The workshops will include both classroom sessions as well as hands on shooting assignments over two days. Class size is limited to six students per instructor ensuring plenty of one-on-one interaction with f8 instructor’s Llew Kinst, Jeffrey Dahl and Dennis Gray.
Friday evening session is where the f8 instructors will share their experience and techniques used in creating their images. Topics include; Introduction to equipment, knowing your way around the track, pre-visualizing your image, composing in the camera, capturing motion, camera handling and shooting positions, and paddock photography. In addition there will be instruction on how to become a Pro, how to get media passes, shooting on assignment, and safety and etiquette at the track.
Saturday morning the students will gather at the track and receive full media photo passes. Instructors will take students out to different shooting locations for hands on instruction on the techniques they learned in the previous evenings class. Each corner offers a different challenge where the instructors can give insight and demonstrate
shooting options and techniques. Over a box lunch in the media center students will have an opportunity to compare notes and ask questions before heading out for the afternoon session.
Saturday evenings class will cover image editing, writing captions and computer techniques. Student will share their work and be critiqued by the instructors. You may want to bring your lap top.
Sunday morning instructors will take students through the paddock for practice shooting detail images and people. After lunch the students will be able to continue to shoot with the instructors or head off on their own.
After the weekend the students have just a bit of homework to do. After editing their images taken during the workshop they will submit their best work for critique and posting on the f8 website. The best shots taken over the weekend will be published in
To go to the f8 photo workshops, click here: http://www.f8photoworkshops.com
Any questions give me a call. Dennis Gray 415.269.5419 or [email protected]