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Did someone say 'let's talk about photographing cars again'? O, go on then. But this time, it's with a twist.

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Race Track

 

Did I mention that we were given the opportunity to capture photos with our Tamron gear at the Nurburgring? I think I may have, just a couple of times so far, but I promise this one's a lot of fun.

The beauty with race tracks is you can capture shot after shot as cars come speeding towards, or away from you, and what do multiple shots of the same subject at different points in the frame allow you to do? That's right, we can make a GIF. 

I can see the puzzled look you're currently giving the screen but a GIF is just the file name given to, what can be described as, a digital flipbook. You can construct them really easily in Photoshop and it's, basically, a way you can animate several frames so they play one after another on a continuous loop. 

The one playing above is made up of 4 images captured at the Nurburgring and thanks to Josh having a telezoom handy, he was able to adjust his focal length quick enough so a sequence of shots could be captured showing the interestingly decorated car at various points through the frame. 

They probably won't win you a photography prize anytime soon but they are fun to play around with and your kids might think they're pretty cool, too. 

To construct one, you need to open all of your images in Photoshop and drag them into one document so they appear on different layers. You then need to use the animation/timeline option to create various frames and set the time for how long you want each frame will appear. Once you've adjusted your sequence, you need to save the file as a GIF. 

We know that was very quick so for more details have a look at our tutorial from a few years back on the subject. Hubspot also has a pretty good GIF tutorial that's well worth checking out.

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