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How to photograph a bike (and get a picture to be proud of)

How to photograph a bike (and get a picture to be proud of)

Taking a photograph of a bike is easy, but taking one to be proud of is something else altogether. Here at BikeRadar we’ve photographed more…

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Taking a photograph of a bike is easy, but taking one to be proud of is something else altogether.

Here at BikeRadar we’ve photographed more bikes than we’d like to think of and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. With that in mind, here are several pointers that should help you to get a shot you can’t wait to share.

Before you start, it’s probably time you cleaned your bike, our guide to bike cleaning shows you how to do a good job and quickly too. 1. Location, location, location

It doesn’t matter how crisp or well framed your shot is, if the location isn’t right then you’ll struggle to get anything other than an average shot. Consider colours, lines and any objects that may detract from the important part – your bike.

Think also about lighting conditions. Harsh light is difficult to manage, can cast hideous shadows and will leave you with a lot of unwanted reflections – for that reason it can often be better to shoot bikes on an overcast day than in blazing sunshine.

Getting up early or staying out later could pay off too. This is down to what photographers refer to as the ‘golden hour’ – a period shortly after sunrise or prior to sunset where daylight is softer and redder. 2. Play with aperture

Reducing your depth of field can give your images a more professional look and will allow your bike to really pop from the image.For those who aren’t geeky with […]

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