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Video: leading F1 photographer Darren Heath sheds light on his craft
Darren Heath
Posted By: James Allen  |  01 Mar 2013   |  8:15 am GMT  |  18 comments

Following on from his successful London exhibition, leading F1 photographer Darren Heath is the subject of a documentary film by German film maker Mario Muth, which JA on F1 readers can enjoy today.

Heath has been at the cutting edge of F1 photography since the 1990s, following in the footsteps of legendary figures like Bernard and Paul Cahier, Michael Tee, Rainer Schlegelmilch and Bernard Asset.

He has been involved in JA on F1 right from the outset, at the start of 2009 and has been supplying imagery ever since, including to all four of the sell-out JA on F1 yearbooks (2009-2012).

Here he explains how he sees pictures before he takes them and gives away some secrets of his technique.

Darren Heath – What it means to me from Mario Muth on Vimeo.

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  1. Dufus says:

    Darren Heath has the same qualities as the best engineers in F1. He maybe a photographer of F1 but i suspect he is just as important and necessary as anyone in F1.

    1. JimmiC says:

      He outed an innovation in the 98/99 McLaren which was later banned, all through his photography – so he has been a big influence beyond pretty pictures

  2. sad but true says:

    Very impressed with his attitude. Thanks JA and DH for the insight.

  3. unF1nnished business says:

    Some great pointers! Thanks for this. Last season at Montreal I found out the hard way how difficult it can be to photograph F1 cars.

  4. Paul says:

    Great stuff.

  5. Mike says:

    An amazing self belief twinned with such understanding of his own driven but not conceited self.
    I think Darren is a role model for how to succeed.
    I will agree with Dufus, just as important as anyone involved in the circus. Please keep up the wonderful work as well as the blog.

  6. Cliff says:

    James, I suggested recently that you could have a competition prize following Darren Heath. Not quite the comepetition, but great insight.


  7. Christian says:

    Thanks for posting this, James. I love photography and happen to be a huge fan of F1 and Darren Heath’s work. As such, a window into his way of seeing things through the lens was greatly appreciated.

    As always, keep up the awesome work!

  8. mark roberts says:

    Great piece, thanks. Really like his work.

  9. Stuart Harrison says:

    Great film, thanks for sharing it with us, James :)

  10. Martin says:

    Thanks James, that was very interesting. It reminded me how poor my photographic skills are.

    It would be great if you could get Darren to expand on his driving style observations. In a ideal car smoother will be better, but as many on this site have commented, being a bit more aggressive has generally helped Lewis relative to Jenson.

    I wonder if Darren is feels that Sebastian’s finger doesn’t make a great photo, or does he have an aversion to proctologists?

  11. JohnBt says:

    Darren’s more than a photographer. He’s an artist.

    Enjoyed the video very much. I liked his method of using fixed lenses where one has to positioned himself/herself in the right spot, no short cuts to zooming, how true.

    Cool guy!

  12. Michael Prestia says:

    Awesome video.

  13. Sylvester says:

    Thanks JA.

    Great insight in to the world of F1 photography.
    The part where he tells what brought in to the world of F1/cameras is so genuine.

    Great Video/fotos.

  14. Curro says:

    Top class photographer, thanks for sharing.

  15. Thoroughly enjoyed that film. As a motorsports photographer myself, I am very interested to learn how others go about their craft and his approach is inspiring. A great “behinds the scenes” posting from you James, so thanks for that.

  16. Elie says:

    Thanks for that James.ive been helping a friend who is a damn good creative photographer who shoots my other favourite subject- girls !
    I think the one word that stands out is passion. Really interesting that Darren doesn’t harp on about that because F1 & photography sounds beyond that – its almost like breathing to him and he concentrates on the things that distinguish him amongst his peers – a true artist.

  17. Andy says:

    Superb … a closer look at an artist at work, full credit to Mario Muth and his video documentary too, a job well done.


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