Event Photography Photo Critique
2010 super bikes
by annette hales
Category: Event Photography
Samsung Digimax L60
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Description: I love sports, and to watch these individuals living out, only what some say they onl see all >
I love sports, and to watch these individuals living out, only what some say they only dream about, the thrill, no fear factor is so thrillig for me I aprreciate the talent of the individuals I love to watch.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
The subject is prominent in the photo. A slightly tighter cropping or a tighter shot would bring out the 37 bike more. There is enough action in the background even tighter you would still know he is being hounded.
Similar to subject I think tighter would give the viewer a little more intimacy with the image.
The focus seems fine, but the image does appear to be a heavy crop. Sometimes this is unavoidable and racing events. It is difficult to find areas that are easy to photograph without credentials. The location where the shot was taken is nice. A longer lens would have allowed for less cropping and more clarity in the end result.
The shutter speed and exposure seem ok for this type of shot. When the bikes are straight on panning and a slower shutter speed isn't always required. However, if you can pan a little bit on the lead bike the following bikes will get a bit more blur because they'll be moving in a different direction as you pan. This will bring the 37 bike out from the others even more. You can start by trying a shutter speed of 1/(bike speed). So if they are going 60 here try 1/60th and if that is to blurry try 1/125th and so on until you get a little bit of motion blur but still have the front bike sharp while you pan on that subject.
When shooting in daylight for sports it sometimes becomes a battle with the sun. In order to bring out the darker part of the rider on the underside of the bike you can overexpose your image by 2/3 of a stop and then adding some contrast in post processing. The contrast will help keep the bright spots from losing color and the overexposure will help give a little bit more light to the darker areas. This is something that takes some practice.
The depth of field is good for this image. Like noted before a little bit of motion blur and maybe a little bit of a tighter shot or crop can help removing background objects just like a narrower depth of field.
This image is good. Based on crop and composition it looks like you know what you want in an end result. The main thing holding you back is the fact that you don't have enough lens to reach your subject without losing to much clarity after cropping. Try you best to shoot as tight as you can on your subjects and crop to fix little alignment problems in composition and/or slight tightness issues.
How to improve your photo
I'm not all that familiar with the Samsung Digimax L60, but if you want more clarity and more reach there is no substitution for a great lens.
You might want to consider a lower end Nikon or Cannon SLR and renting a 300mm or a 400mm lens from a local shop when you want to spend the day shooting.
Remember Shoot Tight and Crop Tighter. Also, consider playing with panning and motion blur for Motorsports.
Get feedback on your photos from Pro Justin Jones