Tony Dudley takes brilliant rally car images, among other things, with his Nikon D4 and D810 cameras. Here, he tells us about his life, photography and more about the equipment he uses.
Tony didn't begin by wanting to be a photographer, he fell into it after his career in rallying was cut short:
"I got into photography when I was around 22 after being a motorsport competitor in Rallying. I crashed a car heavily on a road rally when I was 21. I couldn't afford to replace the car so someone said why not try photography? And I did. I then started to take motorsport images which eventually lead me to winning ten cameras in magazines since 1985, the last was back in 2009." Since then, Tony has branched out into more areas of photography,
including portraiture: "I do model shoots from time-to-time but still take sports images, plus landscapes too. Why? Well sticking to one type of photography would bore me so I do like to take shots of many subjects."
Tony is an avid Nikon user and his love of Nikon equipment stems back to when he won a Nikon camera in a magazine competition: "I have 3 cameras at present, all Nikon. This dates back to 1994 when I won a Nikon 801s plus a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens in a magazine, which i sold to a friend and she still used it today in 2016!. I currently have Nikon D300, D3 and D4 bodies. My lenses include a 14mm f/2.8, 20-35mm that I hardly ever use, a 24-70mm f/2.8, a 60mm macro 85mm f/1.4 and my trusty 200mm f/2 lens. I also have 6 Nikon flash guns which I enjoy using to change the look of the light in a particular location without making it look unnatural. I've found large, white walls are great for bouncing light off in some locations."
Anyone with any interest in Motorsport or Photography should watch this video, it shows why i love the sport and why i love photography. Tony finds inspiration from various places: "Inspiration for my images comes from seeing what's in front of me and what's in the background. For me the background is so important to a shoot. If you have a messy background you will never get great shoots, the background has to be right for me before I will even lift the camera to the eye." Tony continues: "
I have a tendency to shoot wide open which when using a lens like the 200mm f/2 or 85mm f/1.4. The technique is often used by pros and very often in the movies to highlight the subject so they stand out." Taking note from other photographers and learning how they use specific techniques etc.. to create their images is something Tony believes all photographers should do: "Learn from others around you and enjoy the successes along the way, maybe they will enjoy your shots too.
Learn from their vision, creativity and skill sets. I see so many good new photographers up and coming, who bring new ideas and creativity to the table. Lately I've really enjoyed giving something back to the photography community, may be just like those that helped and inspired me when I was younger. It's exciting and I really enjoy the rewards from doing this."
Further Away From Dudley
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This Lecture is the first of my print lectures sponsored by Fotospeed, lasting around one hour and fifty minutes, it covers Sport in the first half. and Fine art Nude images taken in the UK and and also Belgium inside derelict buildings.
It is delivered with passion, humour and with lots of information on the locations and how the image was taken and the equipment used..See some sample images below from this highly acclaimed lecture.
Closer to Dudley
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Essentially a part two to Further away from Dudley, with a similar type of content, except the Fine Art Nude are some of the more well known images as seen on 500px.com which are mostly taken in the UK
Visions of Sport
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Covering Sport from Lawn Mower racing though to international motorsport, im happy to give you as much information as you want, from where its taken, equipment used and any other knowledge you want from me, i don’t hide anything if you want to know just ask
Creative Side of Dudley
This is a new lecture for 2015, shown as a projected image, here in this lecture i show how some of my creative images are shot as original images then how the image is finally made.
Digital Know How
This can be a single lecture or a series of Lectures working with Photoshop CC
First lecture: understanding work flow, how to use the power of raw files to achieve quality and the power of smart objects.
Other lectures can cover the following : Cloning, selections and compositing images
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