“Rallies offer the opportunity to take just about every type of picture, from wide-angle scenic and flat-out action to portraits and technical or service-based shots. The long days mean you can experiment with different lighting conditions too. Try to make use of the ‘golden hours’ after sunrise in the morning and just before sunset.
"Out on stage, try to take pictures where the car fits one of three really simple categories: close up, midsize and small. This will ensure there’s some variety in your work.
"One of the biggest mistakes I see is people taking lots of pictures of big cars going round corners. It’s understandable when you start out, because it looks so dramatic, but that sort of picture alone quickly becomes a bit tedious.
"Once you are used to seeing the cars you should start to look at the things that surround it, like the spectators, the road and the countryside. Most of the time the best pictures would look fantastic even without a car. The car is the icing on the cake.”
“A good picture should have a background, a subject and a foreground. Unfortunately 90 per cent of people forget about the foreground. If you’re in a crowded location next to a stage, a good tip is to take a few steps back, stand on something – a small stepladder perhaps - to give you some height and a view of the car, then use the crowd as your foreground.
"When it comes to framing shots, photographers often refer to the ‘rule of thirds’. The idea is to add grid lines to divide the frame into three sections, horizontally and vertically. The four points at which the grid lines cross are where your subject should be placed. It’s a really useful guide when composing shots. Reading the ‘rule of thirds’ entry in Wikipedia is 10 minutes well spent.
"A panning shot will give you a sense of speed, with the car in focus against a blurred background. To do this, you’ll need a good idea of where on the road the car will be as it passes. The cars ahead will give you a clue. Through the viewfinder, follow the subject car then turn your body as it passes to keep the subject in the frame as you press the shutter. It takes a bit of practice but the results can look amazing."