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15 tips for taking breathtaking pictures of your bike

We all love them: Well-made, fantastically staged pictures of cool bikes are, apart from biking, actually the best way to pass the time with your favorite hobby - regardless of whether you take the pictures yourself or click through endless picture galleries. We repeatedly come across photos that still have considerable potential for improvement, e.g. due to the wrong choice of background, an unfavorable position of the bike or other small things. Of course, everyone can stage their bike as they see fit, but there are also a few basic rules in bike photography that turn every shot into a small work of art.

We asked experts and summarized the tips for the perfect picture.

Prepare the bike

Instead of standing behind the camera and quickly taking a few pictures, you should invest some time in preparation.

1) Align tire logos and valve stem

Whenever you put new tires on your bike, you should make sure that the tube valve is exactly in the middle of the tire logos. In this way, the tire and tube are perfectly aligned and the tire and rim logos are also brought into line.

2) straighten your saddle

No matter in which direction you like to tilt your saddle - for a picture the saddle should be neutral and flat. Everything else distracts from the beauty of your bike and people wonder how you can ride with such a saddle tilt without a) maltreating your step (saddle tilted up) or b) sliding off the bike (saddle tilted down) . Simply align it flat and you're done.

3) Remove unnecessary accessories

Accessories have to go: saddlebag, lights, bell, water bottle, speedometer & GPS and any other accessories that distract from the natural lines of your bike do not belong on the photo (unless it belongs to the retro style of the bike, for example).

4) clean your bike

This tip goes without saying. If you take the trouble to stage your prepared bike against a beautiful background, it should be clean too. Of course, this also includes replacing worn bartape. Above all, a shiny chain makes a lot of difference in a picture.

5) Tip: Put on Gumwall tires

Now it's getting elitist. But if you want to present your road bike like the pros, you need the tires with a beige outer wall.

Find the right location

Your bike is ready. Now it's time to find a cool location that offers a suitable background for your bike. We have picked out a few ideas for you.

6) Find a suitable wall

The standard background for many because it is also practical. Placing a bike in front of a wall or other immovable object has become so popular that the hashtag #BAAW (Bikes against a wall) is circulating on Instagram. However, the wall should meet a few important requirements:

  • The wall and the floor in front of it are clean
  • The wall background is not boring, but has a cool color, structure and / or design elements
  • Best choice: Wall with a cool, professional graffiti

7) Not too prominent a background

It is important to find a healthy balance here. On the one hand, the background should be interesting and atmospheric, but on the other hand not too prominent and noticeable. You don't want viewers to talk about the fancy graffiti artwork when they see your picture.

8) No wall, no problem

If you can't find a suitable wall with Banksy art in your area or just don't feel like #BAAW, there are enough alternatives. In rural areas with a beautiful panorama, a fence post can also serve as a support, on the lush green meadow it can also be a stand hidden in the grass. The lantern in front of the parking garage opposite, on the other hand, may not be so suitable.

Bring the bike into position

Location and bike fit? Then it goes to the right position and the perfect image section.

9) The bike stands by itself

If you want to take a picture of your bike in open, wide terrain, it is often difficult to find something to lean the bike against. This is where you have to be creative. The best thing to do here is to have a friend who can hold the bike on the front / rear wheel with just one hand. Then there are two options: Either you get a tripod and take two shots, one from the background and one from the bike that is being held in position by your friend, and then put them together via Photoshop, or you can use the faster “ghosty-ing "-Variant. Your friend lets go of the bike for a moment while you fire a few shots in quick succession with a series of shots. The bike then stands by itself, without the help of Photoshop.

Pro tip: Your friend catches the bike right again before it falls over and slides down the embankment. The whole briefly as an example:



10) Switch to large in front, small in back

This way the chain runs nice and straight and you don't have to listen to yourself driving around in small gears. So win-win.

11) Choose the right side

Actually also logical. For a shot from the side, always choose the one with a chainring, rear derailleur and Co. There is no reason to hide the drive train behind the frame.

12) Align the pedals correctly

Here we have two recommendations for you. Either you position the pedals horizontally and parallel to the chain guide (3 o'clock) or more in the direction of 4 o'clock so that the pedals are in line with the chain stay (which is a bit sloping on a racing bike).

13) Align the valve stem

Again, there are two options. Both valves at 6 o'clock (shaft pointing straight up) or hidden: the front one behind the fork and the rear one behind the seat stays. For the special puristic look: remove the valve caps.

14) Hide the quick release axles / quick releases.

Again the same play as with the valve stem. Simply hide the quick release axle or quick release behind the fork or chain stay or align it parallel. Finished.

Camera setting tips

15) Playing with depth of field

If you use a single lens reflex camera, you can use the depth of field to either make the background appear blurred (low f-number, high focal length), so that the wheel moves even further into the foreground, or you can achieve even sharpness for the foreground and background (medium / high f-number) .

So that's it. As mentioned above, these are only basic guidelines and absolutely not mandatory. Showcase your bike just the way you like it. For special pictures, it is always worth breaking the established rules and trying something new. So have fun trying it out and post your pictures and results in the comments.

Images in collaboration with CyclingTips.com

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