Things you learn from being in race media
How to balance your work life and family time
Why physically demanding if all you do as media is take photos and videos?
That’s easy! You are travelling to the track wherever it is; state or interstate, you are always on the move. On top of this you have to prepare gear; charge batteries, wipe memory cards, charge phone and iPad then pack cameras, chargers, power boards, laptop, tripods, clothes and anything else you need for usually four nights and three days away from home. Adding to this is all the bags you will be lugging around into cars and through airports.
A car is easier to load as the gear can be easily packed in the boot or piled on the backseat, a plane is more difficult as you are pushing the envelope with all your gear in two carry on bags (camera equipment usually is uninsured so the airline will hate putting it in the hold and damaging it and having to pay for it, or so I’m told same goes with laptops) and a suitcase stuffed with nearly no clothes and the bulky equipment and all is heavy and can just slide under the 20kg mark.
It makes lugging gear so much easier. And by lugging gear it means you will have to survey each track and find the spot to shoot from or several depending on the track size, you also have to set up gear and make sure you follow the shooting rules as well as walk to and from said spots, garage and car. Once practice, qualifying and racing are all said and down and you return home you start the hardest part of the shoot, sorting photos and editing videos. This tetters on the mental as well as there is only so many things you can watch or look at before hair is pulled as something isn’t working.
Once trackside you are forever going through scenarios in your head “If I shoot from here will it look good or do I shoot from over there?” “Are the cameras on the right settings?” “Is the correct lens on the camera chosen?” “Are the batteries fully charged?” are just a basic ones.
Once off the track and everything is prepared for editing your mind is still racing with questions “Did I get the shots I want?” “Is the client going to like the shots?” “Did I film too much?” “Is the footage ok or over exposed?” “How am I going to edit the films or photos?” each is a challenge to deal with and it can get emotional.
- Your family so you can go to the racetrack
- Everyone else that can get time off their work
- Your family to be at a race that someone else can shoot for you, right?
- An event that only happens once in a life time while you’ll be at the track for X amount of times in a year