How to become a MotoGP snapper

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Motorsport photographer, Gareth Harford, gives us insight on how to become a MotoGP photographer.

Gareth’s been in the industry since 2002 starting in BSB and WSBK, MotoGP for 10 years and a Gold and Goose snapper for nine years.

He says: "I started my photography career by taking ‘Futures in Photography’ at university. I then sent my portfolio to a bunch of companies. The replies all said they didn’t have any places available apart from one magazine who offered to let me go on shoots to see how I worked out.


"I was offered a placement and eventually got into the bike snapping industry!  Here’s some top tips for taking the perfect picture…

"When photographing your mates riding, use the different settings and shutter speeds available."

  • Opt for some side-on pans. You can make your mate look like a GP star by slowing down the shutter speed and having them pass by. 
  • You don't want to be too close as the shot won't work. Try starting at 320/sec and gradually slow the shutter speed down to make the bike look faster by the background showing more motion. 
  • You should hold your camera securely. Then move smoothly keeping the bike in the same part of the frame whilst pressing the shutter button.
  • Your friend only needs to ride at 40-50mph too and make them position themselves on the bike like their doing 150. 


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Andy Davidson

By Andy Davidson

Former MCN Feature writer