Tutorial Thursday | Motorsports Photography

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! Ashley of Ramblings and Photos and I will be bringing you a new challenge every week, to stretch your shooting and editing skills. This week I am giving you tips on how to take photos at Motorsports Events. The boys and I love to go to Mud Races, Monster Truck Shows and Boat Races. I won’t say I am the best, but I do enjoy taking them and catching the action.

Look Around

You do not want a bunch of porta-potties in your background. Also see which way the cars, trucks will be coming so you can get the right position. You don’t really worry about this if you are at a Monster Truck show since you have to stay in your seat.


You will want to pan with the moving vehicle. I talked about Panning Photos on tutorial tuesday previously.

Shutter speeds & Aperture Setting

You will want a shutter speed of at least 1/250. That way the trucks, cars, boats will be in focus. You want to be able to have a high shutter speed with low ISO so you kind of will need to play with this. It also depends which lens you are using.  My settings for this photo was | ISO 500 | f/4 | 1/200. Didn’t get to the 250 but I was close. Next time I may even try out Shutter Priority.


Multiple Shots

I always, always, always take multiple shots at one time. That way you can pick the best one when you load them on your computer. If you do this hopefully you won’t miss any action. This is also great for making .GIF images or storyboards.



If you are walking around and taking photos at motosports activities make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. You never know if something is going to happen and they could lose control.


Ready to join in the fun? Here’s how to do it:

1. Read through today’s tutorial.
2. Choose your favorite shot (or more!) to share with us.
3. Don’t forget to grab the button for your post!
4. Link up between now and next Monday.

Tutorial Tuesday

PS: If you have any photography or editing suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let Ashley or me know! We would love to feature your tutorial.

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  1. says

    these pics are so fun! I especially like the first two! I’d love to participate but I haven’t been to a motorsport event in YEARS!

  2. says

    Fantastic tips to try next time we go to Monster Jam. There will for sure be a next time. My boys had so much fun!! :) Excited to link up my shots from this time.

  3. says

    Your pics are awesome. I haven’t been to a truck show since Aiden was 3. Bryn was a little and terrified so I had to leave with her and didn’t get any action pics. Of course I only had a point and shoot then. We really should take the boys to a show. Looks like so much fun ;)

  4. says

    what a great tutorial and just awesome shots!! looks like such a blast and you captured motosport so well!! love these!