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 Z7 Nikon Z7 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2017 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS R3 Canon EOS R3 2021 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/1,2 L II USM Canon EF 85mm f/1,2 L II USM 2006
Canon EF 50mm f/1,4 USM Canon EF 50mm f/1,4 USM 1993
Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM 1992

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.



Computer specialist at his repair studio


An asian teacher is educating her students in the forest


A trader at a desk with three monitors and a laptop


Painter is painting outside a store


Dough and flour on table


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


A dentist is examing a male patient


Computer Specialist is inserting a new graphic card into his computer


Female Fire Fighter with red nail polish


A buffalo farmer is plowing a wet field


Sound producer at his mixing table


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


Chef in his workspace - the restaurant kitchen


A software developer is coding on his Macbook Pro


Carpenter is using a grinder to cut some metal