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Registered: ‎01-15-2013

Outdoor sports action photography

I love taking pictures of drag racing cars. I want to be able to get more control of depth but want to use the repeat shutter setting. How can I get the depth of field and make the car the main focus of the picture in an action shot?

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Registered: ‎10-25-2012

Re: Outdoor sports action photography

Hi cudamomma! Our Community and Subject Matter Experts would love to help you with your question, but it is helpful to know which camera and lenses you're using. 

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Registered: ‎11-14-2012

Re: Outdoor sports action photography

I haven't shot the drags since the days of manual focus lenses & film so it's going to be much easier to learn now. Your goal is very similar to what I do shoot these days & I have an article on line that should be a good start and then combine that info with my motorsports comments in a thread here. You may need to buy a lens (depending on what you already have) & if so I recommend either the 70-200 f4 L or the 70-300 IS as good choices.

On line article is here


Motorsports comments are here


Learning good panning technique will take a while, but it's the trick to getting the right result when combined with the right shutter speed.

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