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post #1 of 145 Old 05-17-2013, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Some tips for photog'ing your bikes....

I see all these pictures of your guys bikes and I know we're not all seeing how great they really look. So I thought I'd try and offer up some basic pointers.

Composition - Get away from the bike. Don't be so close that parts of the bike are cropped out. Get far enough away so that there's some back ground.

Keep the bike either in the far left or far right of the frame. You can get away with having the bike smack in the middle of the frame but it's harder to pull off.

Lighting - Pay attention to what the sun is doing. Don't shoot in the middle of the day because the sun is harsh and unflattering. Best times to shoot are during sunrise and sunset. The light is softer then. For most situations, have the sun at your back or slightly off to the side.

having the sun facing you can work, but it's harder to pull off.

Subject - The wrong angle can make your bike go from sexy to meh. The best I can suggest for this one is find pictures of bikes you like and try to replicate them. Take your phone, your P&S or whatever, frame your bike and just walk around looking at the various angles.

For editing, I use paint.net which is free. You can do little things like adjust the contrast and saturation to really make your pics pop.

It might seem complicated and I apologize if that comes off as condescending, but it's not with a little practice.

I can set up my bike and snap off 50 pics in about 10 minutes. Out of that 50 I might have 10 that I actually like.

Anyway, hope this is helpful to someone!
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Oh one more thing... Cloudy, overcast conditions are perfect for photos of vehicles.
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Composition - Get away from the bike. Don't be so close that parts of the bike are cropped out. Get far enough away so that there's some back ground.
You can get some nice close up 'arty' shots too


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You can get some nice close up 'arty' shots too
Of the bike as a whole? Hard to pull off.... Close up of an individual part? Sure...
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Of the bike as a whole? Hard to pull off.... Close up of an individual part? Sure...
Interesting parts.. not in a technical guide way.

That said I agree with everything you wrote.


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No. Good points. I should snap some pics but I never clean my bike... :-(
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Some tips for photog'ing your bikes....

I'll occasionally take an abstract picture and use it as wallpaper on my phone like this:



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Now this is why I have a problem.. the weather has been so bad I've not been anywhere interesting to take a pic

i did take a pic of my other ride outside a stadium



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I'll occasionally take an abstract picture and use it as wallpaper on my phone like this:

Something like that would be great if you had a prime lens to play with.
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Something like that would be great if you had a prime lens to play with.
Yes, but I had an iPhone

I have a couple of Nikons but I never have them with me when it counts.


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Just to add to the tips a little bit;

Crouch a little so you're shooting the bike straight on, it's much more flattering for the bike.

Put em on the race stands if you have them. they rake the bike a little and make them look way more aggressive while centering the bike.

Put something nice in the background like a sunset or something scenic but avoid things like phone polls coming through the middle of the bike.

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I like darkish pictures so I use instagram a lot. My girlfriend has a nice nikon dslr but i don't know how to use it. Some people like my pics others don't. But I try to get nice angles just instagram isn't very forgiving when it comes to the size.





I think I blur them to much tho.
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