First up was some research on the sport of motocross and on the brands my client was building sponsorship relationships with, because many of them would be there or donating gear. Fasthouse was one of the brands that contributed.
Next up, deciding how to go about shooting it all. I had no idea what the OHV area would be like since I had never been to one. Most of the women would be riding at the same time, but in different areas. The whole shoot would be a brand new experience for me and I was excited to see what I could pull off. More research...
For this example, I am using a Canon 7D. The dial on the left has the mode settings. If you want to shoot with manual (M), you will be setting both the shutter speed and f/stop or aperture.
Here the shutter is set at 1/30 and the aperture at f/2.8 In Manual mode select an aperture that properly exposes your image. You may need to use an Neutral Density filter.
Consider your ISO and shutter speed when choosing and use the built in meter. There is more to understand using manual mode and exposure, but that is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
Panning is a motion blur technique used when following your subject with your camera during exposure. Depending on what you are shooting and the results you are looking for, you may choose to use a tripod or go handheld, which is what I did. If you use a tripod you can use a ball head or pan head to follow your subject smoothly. Each tripod head has its advantages and disadvantages. Ease of use and price are two factors. Using a tripod keeps the camera on the same plane for the duration of your shot. I used the handheld method and sometimes moved the camera as well for a different blur look.
Faelan Lee Maley | Backpack Films 2021.