You may know Chance Hales from his work with the Everyday Driver TV Show, Podcast, and YouTube channel, or from his excellent Instagram follow @phattyhales for a ton of great photos of spectacular cars in amazing locales. With out team finally starting to get things together, we wanted to improve our non-driving related knowledge and skills as well and realized that as much as we like taking pictures and videos at the track and on the road, we have not kept up with recent advances that may improve our images. It is also an excellent gift idea for those who may want to improve their equipment with a seasonal gift (or three) and is an excellent way to get a non-driving CFO to enjoy the track a bit more and feel included in your driving passion.
I think we broke Ben on this Dominating with Dawson episode where we cover the concept of “two feet in” and make sure everyone is clear with what it means and how this technique can dramatically minimize the deleterious impact of an error that may momentarily exceed your current skill level on track.
We hope you enjoy this episode!
Vicki, Jennifer, Alan, and Bill
Hosts of the Garage Heroes In Training Podcast and Garage Heroes In Training racing team drivers
Highlights from this episode include:
1) We start of with a quick introduction including an overview of Chance’s 1967 Mustang resto-mod and 2000 Porsche 911, his recent promotion to NASA HPDE 4, and how he grew into his current photography and videography profession, as well as Everyday Driver.
2) Bill mentions the story of how we first met each other online and how many of you can blame the Everyday Driver team for us starting racing and this podcast. They do apologize profusely.
3) Vicki learns what a “cars and coffee” is for the first time. Bill, I thought you raised her better than that.
4) Chance and Vicki go into what camera and accessories are needed as an upgrade to using your phone or a point and shoot type camera.
5) Chance also goes into the different types of cameras and some of the extensive jargon in a way that even Bill understood.
6) We also go into what are some of the options and features associated with a next level but still non-professional camera set up.
7) We go into the lenses most likely needed for shooting at a track, as well as some lenses that are awesome but cost more that most of our cars.
8) Chance is also an excellent videographer for both the Everyday Driver TV show on the Velocity channel, their feature length movies/DVDs, as well as their YouTube channel and goes into the various choices and alternatives, including GoPro’s and several options that provide even higher quality.
9) We did go into the details of shutter speeds and aperture settings, but in a way that most non-photographers will finally be able to understand. The good news is that most of the cameras have an automatic setting or a simple semi-automatic setting that will work for most shots of interest at a track.
10) Chance also gives a few resources to find the both equipment and several that have a resource that can advise you for the best options to fit what you are trying to capture.
11) Key settings and what their approximate ranges should be include aperture, exposure, and the number of frames per second.
13) Vicki and Chance also had several cheap and simple tips, tricks, settings, and add-ons to help protect your equipment and simplify the process by narrowing the need for manual settings and adjustments.
14) Our first Space Balls reference ever was made by Chance and it was long overdue.
15) Chance also helps us with several great resources for editing photos and videos.
16) Vicki misunderstands Chance saying “raw” and thinks it’s a type of graphic file. Bill makes a bad He Man joke.
17) Bill has a bad flashback to when everyone used something known as “film”. Things ae so much easier now.
18) Chance even offers a set of standard “shots” that you should pursue at each event. We also go into the best way to compose a shot to at least appear to be a better photographer than you really may be.
19) Tips and tricks to shooting in the weather to protect yourself, the camera equipment, as well as some tips to getting better shots that take advantage of the conditions.
20) Bill asks about a Leica camera, but meant to say Lytro. Worth a look? TBD. We will have to ask Chance next time.
21) Depending on your goals and budget, we are sure to have given you a few options that will improve your team’s photos.
22) Bill and Chance also discuss their annual “Pilgrimage Trip” to Spa and the Nürburgring. Vicki wants a camera so Bill thought, just in case…..
You can view Chance Hale’s portfolio work at: https://www.chancehalesphotography.com/
The Everyday Driver home page is at: https://www.everydaydriver.com/
Bob Chapman’s work can be found at: http://www.autosportimage.com/