For amateur photographers their can be no better place to practice sports photography than a racecourse. You can get incredibly close to the action, mingle with some of the biggest names in the sport and capture amazing photos.

Most major sporting events these days require you to hold a press pass or accreditation to get close to the heart of the action. Even minor sports are placing restrictions on the types of cameras that can be used. Thankfully racecourses still seem to be the one place amateur photographers are welcome, I’ve never encountered a problem taking my DSLR camera onto a course, apart from Aintree, where my Nikon was accused of looking ‘too professional’ whatever that means? It’s always worth checking with the course before you arrive. However, I doubt you’ll have any problems.

If you’re going to take photos at a racecourse just follow a few basic rules and you’ll have a great day and hopefully come home with some smashing photos.

  • NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
  • STAY WITHIN DESIGNATED SPECTATORS AREA
  • DO NOT POKE YOUR CAMERA THROUGH GUARD RAILS
  • BOOKIES DON’T USUALLY LIKE THEIR PHOTOS TAKEN!
  • SOME PUNTERS MIGHT NOT LIKE IT EITHER!
  • NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!!
Stick to those rules and you’ll be onto a winner. If you’d like some tips for taking racing photos then try the ‘hubguide’ to racing photography (click here). Included in the guide is advice on ISO settings, what shutter speeds to use and the best places to position yourself on the course to get the most dramatic photos.