Usually I use a tripod, but I was at NASCA and I upped my film speed to the max and braced myself and starting shooting. Release the shutter at the exact moment the rocket stops, it will take many shots to catch the burst, but you will be able to do it.
I was at the local NASCAR track Texas Motor Speedway, and naturally had my camera I caught these shots.
NASCAR can be shot easily just practice your steady hand holding of the camera, all you need to do is practice.
In a previous article I told of the use of retouch software on model head shot and not to use them, until now. I was recommended to take a look at Portrait Professional, I was told it does no break your rules in your article on you blog, it just enhances a quality photograph, and they was right. I always try to be open minded when it come to photography, what I was so critical was software that does changes that makes someone skinny when they are not, hair color they do not have, now Portrait Professional can be abuse in this manner, but used by a photographer to (and this is the key word) slightly enhance the photograph, all it really dies is emphasize the quality light of the photographer, rather than make the model someone who is totally different than they really look in real life. I want that real you are there in all my work,
I am writing this to tell the photographers side of the issue. As a Master Photographer I am in the position to help new models get some free photographs as I update my portfolio, it is a process call TFCD test for CD of the photographs taken during the session it is a win win process for the Model and Photographer, but sometimes there is a problem after all the trouble time and expense invested in setting up for a shoot the model does not show up or call, and when you e-mail them to see what happened they will not even give you the courtesy of a return e-mail, and I end up wasting my time and trouble, plus the time waiting for the model to show up at a night shoot.
I have been having a lot of Spam people making comments with links to something they are selling, I have this site set up where I must approve each comment before it is viewed, if you are selling something, especially drugs I will not approve the comment to be viewed so you need to go someplace else. This site is for education and sharing of knowledge, not for someone to get free marketing for their product by putting a comment on this site with a link to a website to what you are selling, it does waste my time editing these comment and or deleting them.
I am now raising the question of how often do you use this software in the production of model shots, my answer is to use it little if any. My shots are not basically retouched as far as the models face, and features, if you are not a good enough photographer in the area of lighting the subject and composition then you need ot learn how to do it right and not depend on software to pull you out. The exception is in the green screen special effects shots and I use Photoshop to craft and retouch some of the green screen bleed over to can sometimes get, your lighting can be perfect, but still for some reason you can have issues.
I was asked this question on a comment and I tought it was important enough to make it into a article for the blog, so here is the answer:
The basic Model composite (“comp card”) /ZED cards have run their course, what the photographer needs to offer is the cut above custom composite (“comp card”) /ZED card. I have in Photoshop developed a series of templates to give the model the next level of the custom composite (“comp card”) /ZED cards, to make the model stand out from the crowd, and to make them the cut above. If you do this you will have happy models and they will tell their model friends about the great job you did for them. Notice how the portrait is in the center and on each side is an action shot. Putting the portrait in the center draws the viewers eye to it and he facial qualities which is so important, actions shot on each side show this model is versatile. The old composite (“comp card”) /ZED card is out, this type of composite custom (“comp card”) /ZED card is in.
Many times a photographer finds a real jewel to add with his profession tools and techniques, or document his set up from his notes, and what I have discovered is a real jewel to aid in that work. It is a Photoshop PSD file you download open and use the different layers in the file to create your diagram, the results is a very neat, printable, and savable file, one catch I will share with you once you do the diagram, be sure to use the “save as” in Photoshop and rename the file or you will corrupt the original file you downloaded.