Formula 1 photography has every right to be bland; the scope of what can and can’t be done at first seems like it would be limiting and result in the same looking shot of the cars over and over again. The pros that shoot trackside, however, have no intention of fitting into the mold.
In this behind-the-scenes video straight from Formula 1’s YouTube channel, photographers Mark Thompson, Qian Jun, and Vladimir Rys are profiled. The three veteran F1 pro photographers share their earliest experiences with shooting the sport and how even the general admission audience has some capability of getting good photos too. Of course there’s a little bit of gear talk, but more importantly there’s a brief overview of what conditions and elements in the frame they look for to make a memorable image. Like the professionals they are, they also speak of the importance to maintaining good communication between themselves and the crews on the ground so that they have better access for better images.
Even if racing photography isn’t your thing, I think you will be quite stunned at the world-class photos shown throughout this video. Have you shot F1 or other racing sports before? Share your own images in the comments below.