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Photographing your bike

#1 2011-09-28 6:08pm

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Photographing your bike

I've posted this in in the past, but think it's so great I'm petitioning for a "Sticky" as I'm still asked about "easy" how-tos.  You really need a tripod for this to really come off stellar, as you need everything perfectly still in what is still relatively low light to be crisp and sharp. BUT, it's really, really well written and easy to understand. Wish I'd thought of it!

http://www.raydobbins.com/photosetup.htm


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#2 2011-09-28 6:10pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

great link cappy! my first time seeing it...def. sticky worthy!

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#3 2011-09-28 6:12pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

very cool.... tripod and highend camera..... or will your typical 10 mega pixel sony do the job?


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#4 2011-09-28 6:14pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

Cheers man! Note that ANY camera will work with this setup. Again, use a tripod - this is not a LOT of light, so the shutter will want to remain open a long time - any movement will appear as blur. Using the self-timer so that you're not touching the camera (and thereby moving it) is smart, too. NOTE THAT HE'S POINTING THE LIGHTS AT THE CEILING.This lets the light spread and become slightly diffuse, so it's soft and even and coming from above - not hard, glaring/specular.


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#5 2011-09-28 6:15pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

freestyle5150 wrote:

very cool.... tripod and highend camera..... or will your typical 10 mega pixel sony do the job?

Point and shoot camera fine. Even a cell phone camera will see what you see on the link (though cell camera lenses ain't exactly crisp) - but man, you have to keep everything still.


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#6 2011-09-28 6:17pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

cappy227 wrote:

freestyle5150 wrote:

very cool.... tripod and highend camera..... or will your typical 10 mega pixel sony do the job?

Point and shoot camera fine. Even a cell phone camera will see what you see on the link (though cell camera lenses ain't exactly crisp) - but man, you have to keep everything still.

right on.... thanks


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#7 2011-09-28 6:19pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

Also, note the link at the bottom, here, re outdoor shots:
http://www.43bikes.com/photosecrets.html

Key here is to be in even, open shade - I know the Photoshop stuff may be beyond reach for some.

If you want to isolate parts on your bike, keep what's behind them as clear as you can. It's called "watching your background." Less is more with backgrounds.

Check the Macro setting on your camera (read the manual, guys!!) for getting in really close.

Keep the danged flash off unless you want a bunch of flares and "hot spots" on your bike, especially with chrome. Stick to open shade with no flash.


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#8 2011-09-28 6:21pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

freestyle5150 wrote:

cappy227 wrote:

freestyle5150 wrote:

very cool.... tripod and highend camera..... or will your typical 10 mega pixel sony do the job?

Point and shoot camera fine. Even a cell phone camera will see what you see on the link (though cell camera lenses ain't exactly crisp) - but man, you have to keep everything still.

right on.... thanks

Go get 'em. It's fun, but everything has a learning curve. Patience, Jedis cool


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#9 2011-09-28 6:51pm

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Good stuff! Thanks cappy! big_smile


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#10 2011-09-28 6:57pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

If you brace yourself well you can get blur free pictures.  I've been able to get blur free pics with 1/4 sec exposure times by bracing myself well. 

http://www.davidrichert.com/Just%20Photography%20Class/night_guy.jpg

^^^like this^^^


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#11 2011-09-28 6:59pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

As a professional photographer of 20 years, these are solid home use tips. Photography is simply all about capturing light.

I agree, this should be a sticky.

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#12 2011-09-28 7:04pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

I have a built in tripod..... how is this?

http://www.google.com/url?source=imglanding&ct=img&q=http://ria.creuna.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/blurry.jpg&sa=X&ei=zNGDTp4nw_PSAbSrxKQB&ved=0CAkQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNGcpQbjn6bSxWMQHjfptHtPazCzfg


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#13 2011-09-28 7:09pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

man that was good stuff
and i got 2 of the exact same lights from HD

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#14 2011-09-28 7:10pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

Sticky it should be!  Thanks Cappy!


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#15 2011-09-28 7:22pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

Iceman wrote:

I have a built in tripod..... how is this?

http://www.google.com/url?source=imglan … tHtPazCzfg

lol

Don't boil the spaghetti noodles before mounting the camera on them, bud!


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#16 2011-09-28 9:47pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

Great tips. big_smile


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#17 2011-09-29 5:38am

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Re: Photographing your bike

Good info!


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#18 2011-09-29 5:54am

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that is one cool Eddy Merckx bike!!


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#19 2011-09-29 6:25am

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Great info. big_smile


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#20 2011-09-29 10:20am

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Re: Photographing your bike

cool


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#21 2011-09-29 10:52am

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Re: Photographing your bike

coolbig_smile

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#22 2011-09-29 10:57am

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That dude is crazy anal.


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#23 2011-09-29 12:13pm

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Re: Photographing your bike

Thanks for the info. cool

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#24 2011-09-29 2:47pm

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thats some sick info thanks bro def. gonna try that when I get some time and a build done lol great stuff

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#25 2011-09-29 5:58pm

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big_smile


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