Here at wrc.com we try to bring you the best photos to accompany our rally reports and to post in our image gallery.
Taking pictures like these is a highly skilled job - as you’ll know if you’ve ever tried to take a shot of a speeding world rally car yourself.
So, with Rally Italia coming up this week, we asked Colin McMaster [above], one of the founders of McKlein, the photographic agency responsible for most of the pictures on wrc.com, for some tips on how to take better WRC photos.
Colin has given us five top tips and some exclusive behind-the-scenes shots of the McKlein team, including his colleagues Sarah Vessely and Tony Welam, at work at the Acropolis Rally.
1: Plan your itinerary
“The website of each WRC rally provides detailed information about the schedule and itinerary. Rally guide two will even tell you when the sun rises and sets. Use this information to make a photography plan. If you have time to recce different locations, even better.
"Some of the best portrait opportunities are before the rally starts - especially if you want to get close to the drivers and the cars in the service area. Shakedown is a good example. Get there at least an hour before the session starts to beat the crowds and see the teams and drivers preparing.
"Once underway, there’s usually enough time to get to the stage and watch the cars too – the shakedown roads are usually close by. Once the rally starts, check when the cars will return for servicing. The area where drivers queue before they check-in to service is good for portraits.”
2: Choose a good location
“Picking a decent location is key to getting a good photo. What I’m talking about here is making the most of the scenery, the landscape – trying to capture ‘the bigger picture’.
"Look for one picture that you think sums up the whole event. More often than not in rallying that will come from the scenery and the winning car doing something interesting.
"To get a unique picture it’s important to stand out from the crowd. If you see a group of photographers at one location, it’s not a good idea to join them. The fact is that most pictures have been done already, so try to come up with something different. If you see a crowd, try standing in a different place – opposite them, perhaps. There are plenty of terrific locations in the spectator areas.”