Image keeper rate. (Motorsport)

Started Jul 31, 2014 | Discussions thread
Jim Salvas
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These other photogs are obviously in it as event photographers and have a lot of experience shooting these very events -- for money.

Note that one even gives car owners a discount on prints if they put one of her stickers on their cars. This is not just photography, it's marketing.

I imagine, looking at the best of these, that these other photogs not only have an edge on you in experience, but also in terms of equipment. Were I shooting such events for profit, I'd be using nothing less than the biggest, fastest lenses and humungous, sports-oriented bodies. You're shooting a D7100 with what appears to be a moderate, not terribly fast zoom. That's a nice combo for most photography, but for this, I would want to use a D4s with at least a 300/2.8 telephoto.

EDIT: I looked at the EXIF data for some of Fiona's shots and she's shooting a D300s (which puts her AF capability on a par with yours), but a 300/2.8, which she shoots mostly near wide open at fast shutter speeds for those close-up action shots.

ONE MORE: I used to shoot a D300 and one of the useful features for fast action shooting was the "release + focus" priority mode. When shooting action sequences, this typically will allow the camera to snap off a very quick first frame -- in focus or not -- and then to acquire focus by the second frame. This may explain those odd numbered "keeper" rates you noticed.

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