For anybody interested in motor sport photography a good way to start is to go along to a local club event. The internet is a great source of information – dates, locations, etc.
I had been considering sports photography for some time and finally took the plunge and went along to an event. I arrived early and made myself known to the clerk of the course, who told me where I could and could not go. Arriving early enabled me to walk the course, so I could choose my locations, no distracting background, angle of shot that would enable an even exposure etc. Prior to the actual racing, there were several practice sessions. This was great for observing the action and pre-visualising the point at which I was actually going to take my images. I soon realised with the amount of dust and dirt being thrown up, I would only be able to get the lead riders and then would have to wait for the dust to settle. I also took the opportunity to talk to the marshals, who told me which riders to look out for. I had a very enjoyable morning and I think I have some memorable images.
I think one at least is worth entering into next season’s competition. For the technically minded, my Canon 7D camera settings were, manual 1/1000, f2.8 auto ISO, centre spot metering, centre focus point, servo mode and my lens 70-200. Yes, I was close to the action