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Shooting Tips – Motocross Action

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Motorcross action photography is pretty rare in our country, but there are some communities that are active in this arena. If you are invited to shoot one by chance, here are some tips you need to know.

Photo rights: Digital Camera Magazine

One of the main shooting tips is, to observe and know where the likely spot the actions will take place. Talk to the organiser or participants in advance to know where to stand. Safety is a top priority, you won’t want to be caught in dangerous spots where accident chance is high.

Mark your best spot because chances are, there will be many photographers fighting for the best spot for the best actions.

Exposure mode Shutter Priority

Focus Mode Continuous

Shutter Speed 1/500 sec or faster

ISO AUTO

TO IMPROVE YOUR SHOT…

  • Try pre-focusing on a spot where you know a rider will pass, such as the top of a hill or a bend. Switch the lens to MF to lock this in.
  • You’ll need a shutter speed of 1/500 sec or faster to freeze a bike. Try 1/100 sec or slower when panning with the rider.
  • To add drama, shoot from a low height.

Top tip:
A big lens soon feels heavy. A monopod will save your arms, but still give you enough freedom when shooting.

What camera to use?
Recent one or two years back, these cameras with high frame rates and great focusing will be one of your top choices, if you don’t have any of these, choose somewhat closer to them:-

Canon R6 with 12 FPS
Sony A7 IV with 10 FPS
Nikon Z 6 II with 14 FPS
Lumix GH6 with 14 FPS

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