How to photograph Motor Racer

This is the ultimate guide on how to photograph professionals and Motor Racer. As always, when taking pictures of people there are things to think about and below you will also find both camera and lens recommendations.

When trying to capture certain professionals you want the picture and the surroundings to say something, showing the audience that this is a Motor Racer and not something completely different. Perhaps the Motor Racer has an enviroment that you can clearly connect to their profession. A baker has his bakery, a pilot his cockpit and so on.

A professional portrait does not have to be a direct portrait, and if you are photographing the Motor Racer - just let him or her work as usual and you will try to capture them in their everyday life as Motor Racer? Of course, you can combine the editorial pictures with more portrait like pictures to get a complete coverage of the Motor Racer.

When taking editorial pictures it is really nice to have either a wide angle (such as 14-24 or 16-35mm) or a normal zoom lens (24-70mm etc). That will give you a lot of coverage in most situations and enviroments.

Moving on to the portraits it is really nice to use lenses with a maximum aperture value around f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.8 or f/2. When using lenses like this you can really make the eyes or details to pop out and be sharp and crisp while the rest of the image can be a bit blurry. And this can both be normal prime lenses (as 35mm/f1.4, 50mm/f1.8 etc) as well as telephoto prime lenses (such as 85/f1.8, 105/f2.8 etc).

And remember, it is always worth getting a bit uncomfortable in order to get the best picture of the Motor Racer. Ask the Motor Racer if you can join them for a working day, no matter where and in what surroundings. Dare to get a bit dirty and your clients will definately appreciate the effort afterwards.

Best cameras for photographing Motor Racer

Perhaps you already have a camera but here are some popular camera alternatives that might be suitable for photographing professionals and Motor Racer.

Product name Release date Type Sensor
Nikon Z5 Nikon Z5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z50 Nikon Z50 2019 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Canon EOS R6 Canon EOS R6 2020 Mirrorless Full frame

Best lenses for photographing Motor Racer

Here are some popular lenses that might suit your needs when photographing professionals and Motor Racer. You can also view all of our lenses or start by selecting your camera and then see which lenses that are compatible.

Product name Release date
Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM 1992
Nikon AF 50mm f/1,8 D Nikon AF 50mm f/1,8 D 2002
Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1,4 G ED Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1,4 G ED 2010

Images of other professionals

Here are a few images of professionals that might inspire you. Perhaps these can give you ideas on how to best photograph your Motor Racer? Click on the image you want to know more about. Each image has information with which camera and lens they were shot and with which settings.



Canon photographer with his Canon EF 400mm f/2,8 IS USM telephoto lens


Airline Pilot is approaching New York in his simulator


Surgeon and Surgery Nurses working together


Portrait of a female CEO


Teaching in front of her class and students are raising their hands


A software developer is coding on his Macbook Pro


A buffalo farmer is plowing a wet field


Painter is painting outside a store


Carpenter is using a grinder to cut some metal


A fisherman is heading out in the morning and laying out his nets


DJ with a tattoo on his forearm at his Pioneer mixer table


Soldier is hiding behind some rubble


A female model and brunette with curly hair


Dough and flour on table


Pastor is reading the Bible