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New bike coming soon. Just like to get some feedback on what makes some photos of your bikes better than others. You know, stuff like angles, lighting, background and so on.
 

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... too many variables...

Some folks just wanna see the gear.

Some folks just wanna see it's angles and geometry.

Some folks just wanna see some artsy or thought out backdrop...

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Get rid of the background clutter. That is the biggest problem I see with bike photos. All the stuff in the background can make the bike and details hard to see. However, be creative -- garage door shots may be easy but are boring.
 

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Just take a lot of shots with different backgrounds. The background should not match the color of the bike. Meaning don't snap a red bike against a brick home. Or a green bike against a green lawn. And avoid shooting in bright sunlight, an overcast day usually works well.

I almost had a good one here but managed to cut off my handlebars and too much deck.
 

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If you want a great picture of the entire bike, use an slr, a telephoto lens, step back far enough to get the entire bike in frame, and use a shallow depth of field to blur out the background.
 

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Adding to the above,

  • Don't stand. Like when shooting kids and pets, it's best to get down on the bike's level. Kneel or sit.
  • Most prefer shooting the drive side so the shiny bits show.
  • Drive side crank arm should continue the line of the chainstay.
  • Chain on the big ring in front, somewhere near the middle in back, yielding a vertical RD cage.
  • Tire valves sticking straight up, unless wheel decals dictate sticking straight down.
  • Either fully accessorize, or don't at all. Many like to see the bike stripped of all accessories, but if you prefer them shown, then make sure everything's there. If the seat bag and Garmin are mounted, then both cages should have bottles, etc. (And for dog's sake, make sure the bottles match.)
  • Likewise, the bike should be either surgically clean, or really nasty from a hard ride. (See Rule 9.) Mainly clean but with a dirty chain, or tires, or rims doesn't cut it. (Although I think my Ti bike looks better with a nice patina of road on it, when photographed this way, it just looks dingy.)
 

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yes, like this. View attachment 277325

If you want a great picture of the entire bike, use an slr, a telephoto lens, step back far enough to get the entire bike in frame, and use a shallow depth of field to blur out the background.
 

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Garage doors can be boring. But they can also be that neutral backdrop that lets the bike stand out. And, it makes it easy if you want a consistent, easy backdrop.

Also, pay attention to the angle of the bike relative to the camera....

In the first shot, I got some things right, e.g. drive side, crank alignment, large chain ring, etc. But check the angle of the bar relative to the camera angle. It should be parallel to the lens - whether road or mtn. bike. Blew it here...


Got it better here...


And here...
 
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