Acclaimed shooter Gary Griffin walks us through six simple steps for better motorcycle photography with any camera.
If you've been around the newstand or internet and are into custom motorcycles and hot rods, chances are you've drooled over a machine shot by Gary Griffin. 6 Pack is a recurring feature on Chop Cult where we ask people we respect to share a little knowledge from their field of expertise in small doses that even us meatheads can understand. Here's what Gary has to say:
Everybody has a digital camera these days. Here are 6 quick and easy tips to getting some half-decent motorbike shots:
1. Get low
Looking up at the bike, as opposed to looking down from eye-level, gives a unique perspective and also makes the bike seem larger than life.
2. Kiss the sky
Another reason to get low is to use God's naturally painted backdrop, the sky.
3. Go wide
Wide-angle lenses squeeze more of the bike into the frame. On a super-compact digi-cam, zoom the lens to its widest setting and move closer!
4. Go long
I know, contradictions, but I love a long lens, especially for detail shots. Zoom out to the max of your lens and throw the background out of focus!
5. Wake up early
Or late. The idea is to use the warmer light of the morning or evening, as opposed to the middle of the day, avoiding harsh shadows and "hot spots" on your shiny bits.
6. Be patient
Most of the time, the lighting is bad, the location sucks, or there are people in the way. Relax, have a cold beverage. Keep your eyes open. The perfect shot will unfold. Just make sure your camera is ready. Good luck.
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