Bicycle Touring Photography Tips

How many times have you returned home from a bicycle tour with memories of amazing spectacles and awesome scenery only to share your photos and realize they’re flat and boring?

It’s a common problem. So we’ve written these easy bicycle touring photo tips to help you improve your images.

Leading line

With a leading line you bring the viewer’s eye to the point of interest. In this image the whit...

A western cyclist leans against a building with an Indian bicycle painted on it during a bicycle tour of South India.

Rest stops

Why not take extra rest stops in characteristic / beautiful places? They sure make great photo op...

Diagonal line

The diagonal line of this desert road helps draw the viewer’s eye through the image. It also ad...

Continuous mode

Use the camera in continuous mode when you want to capture someone speeding past, as this increas...

A hotel room in India

Hotel rooms

In hotel rooms, try taking pictures of daily routines such as route planning, reading a book and ...

Sense of place

Cycle touring isn’t just about racing up and over mountain passes. Experiencing new cultures is...

Edit

To end up with great pictures, shoot from many different perspectives, camera standpoints and eve...

Kids

When photographing kids, you have to work quickly. Children have a short attention span and after...

Bright colors

Many cyclists wear dark colored clothing since it’s great for hiding dirt. Yet it also hides th...

Switchbacks

Sure you want to take a picture of the entire downhill, but why not also zoom in on the switchbac...

Copyright

Copyright law states that copyright belongs to whoever took the image and only they have the sole...

Model release

Companies want a model release signed by the person in the image before they will publish it in a...

Filthy bike repair hands.

Humor

Keep an eye out for funny situations. They might not seem humorous at the time but afterwards the...

Photo backup

A backup isn’t just having all of your trip photographs on one hard drive. You need to store mu...

Cycling in Morocco

Converging lines

Roads that start wide and end in a point (converging lines) give your image a three-dimensional e...

Camera equipment

“There are as many different ways of making an enjoyable bicycle journey as there are stars in ...

A cycling self portrait in China

Self portraits

Two things are important when taking self-portraits; a small camera tripod and extra time. The tr...