Category: 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 are flat and boring?

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


Hotel rooms

In hotel rooms, try taking pictures of daily routines such as route planning, reading a book and washing clothes. Also be on the lookout for original camera standpoints such as reflections in a mirror, shooting between ceiling fan blades or even using your bicycle as the……


Scanning the road

When you come across a beautiful stretch of road, first scan it to find the point from which you want to photograph the bicyclist. Next, look past the camera to see if your partner is approaching that point. You are now prepared and can push the……


Cycling self portraits

For better-composed solo riding photos, consider investing in a remote control. The image right was made by setting up the camera tripod, then deciding at which point I wanted to photograph us bicycling. I……


Sense of place

Cycle touring isn’t just about racing up and over mountain passes. Experiencing new cultures is another important aspect and shooting images of your partner pedalling past medieval churches, temples, and through ancient archways is a good way to remember that experience.

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Edit

To end up with great pictures, shoot from many different perspectives, camera standpoints and even try completely new shots. Once you are finished, ruthlessly edit and delete photos until you have one that best captures the scene. In other words, an……


Kids

When photographing kids, you have to work quickly. Children have a short attention span and after a couple of minutes they will lose interest and start looking around for other things to do. Try holding their attention by asking questions, making funny faces or even pointing at one……


Pictures of your bike

A bike is more than just a metal frame with rubber tires – it’s your traveling partner. Of course, you want to take photos of it. An easy way to do that is to……


Bright colors

Many bikers wear dark colored clothing since it’s great for hiding dirt yet it also hides them when they are photographed from a distance.

A little red cyclist pedaling through monumental scenery is a theme that I began shooting in the 1990’s. Other bicyclists have since emulated this style,……


Setting up the tent

When taking camping photos, you should spend some extra time studying how your partner looks through the camera viewfinder. Are they kneeling down to adjust a tent zipper or just bending over with their butt in the air?

Give directions such as, “don’t lean over, bend at your knees”……


Travel photography tips

To tell the complete story of your journey, you will want to take pictures of more than just your bike. Before the trip, make a shot list of the different subjects you want to photograph……


Switchbacks

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

Before heading down, point out to your partner the spots where you want to photograph them. That way they will know which sections they should slow down in, or……


Copyright

Copyright law states that copyright belongs to whoever took the image and only they have the sole and exclusive right to sell, publish, enter contests and reproduce that picture.

The only exceptions are:

Where a ‘work-for-hire’ contract is signed by the photographer.
The photographer is an employee of the company the……


Model release

Companies want a model release signed by the person in the image before they will publish it in an advertisement, catalog, etc. The release states that the photographed person gives permission for the picture to be used commercially.

So think twice about sending images of colorful locals for whom……


Humor

Keep an eye out for humorous situations. They might not seem funny at the time but afterwards these pictures usually turn out to be favorites.

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Photo backup

A backup isn’t just having all of your trip pictures on one hard drive. You need to store multiple copies of your photos in at least two different places in case one of your electronic devices fails.

Also, consider uploading your favorite pictures to an online storage site. That……


Converging lines

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

To……


Camera equipment

“There are as many different ways of making an enjoyable bicycle journey as there are stars in the sky. I’ve yet to meet two cyclists who could agree on what equipment to carry.” ~ Nicholas Crane

The same holds true for cycling photographers. The amount and weight of camera……


Self portraits

Two things are important when taking self-portraits; a small camera tripod and extra time. The tripod – so that the camera remains level and extra time since you usually need to take a number……