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A friend asked me to come and take some shots of his newly purchased motorcycle(a sport bike) and i want it to look good! So can you give me some general guidlines as to how to make it look more interesting cause i haven't photographed motos up to now! And the pictures i've found on the net to get some ideas from are either from contests(which dont help me since the motorcycle i'll photograph wont be in movement) or just snaps that don't really say much!
thanks! ;)

Post #1, Mar 20, 2005 15:08:45


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I designed and photographed for a good friends RC51 website, you may get sone ideas there.

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N

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If you're shooting outside, wait for an overcast day. The sky will provide an "overhead flat" & the light will be lower contrast. Then, PS to make everything nice!
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=57033
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Post #4, Mar 20, 2005 17:49:30


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As usual - Franks got it right on. He's a car/bike/anything on wheels/ kinda guy. Worth trying his methods.

He pays me thousands of dollars to follow him around and write stuff like this about him ! Right Frank?

Post #5, Mar 21, 2005 10:59:12 as a reply to PhotosGuy's post 17 hours earlier.


A 40D, a 30D, some nice glass and a great Shooting Partner.
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He pays me thousands of dollars to follow him around and write stuff like this about him ! Right Frank?

Are you asking for a raise from beer & pizza? :D

Post #6, Mar 21, 2005 11:24:07


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shoot from down low (get on your knees if you have to), maybe use a wide angle lens, take this bike to a large parking lot so you don't have a busy scene, and shoot away, try different angles and compositions.

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By the way Gogu, I'm from your neck of the woods
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Try to light the bike. I know that's not easy outside, but if you can, the difference in the lighting of the bike and background will make it "pop" a bit more

Post #8, Mar 21, 2005 11:40:00 as a reply to cmM's post 6 minutes earlier.


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cmM wrote:
shoot from down low (get on your knees if you have to), maybe use a wide angle lens,

I agree with low angles for Bikes, and "PhotosGuy" is right on about overcast days being better. (Makes like a giant softbox in the sky.)

This is not the best example, but I was basically snapshooting at a local car show with my G5. I flipped the LCD out so I could compose from a low angle here. About axle height, If I was setting up to shoot this Bike for any specific use, would have wanted a wider lens, less clutter, and closer. :rolleyes:
BTW, Chris, Did your friend manage to get the Bike back down safely? :shock:
-Bruce

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Post #9, Mar 21, 2005 12:20:42 as a reply to cmM's post 47 minutes earlier.


The Captain and crew finally got their stuff together, now if we can only remember where we left it. :cool:
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Ballen Photo wrote:
BTW, Chris, Did your friend manage to get the Bike back down safely?
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...not quite (he dropped it). He wasn't moving very fast though. It was at a local car show:
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cmM wrote:
...not quite (he dropped it). He wasn't moving very fast though. It was at a local car show:
http://www.cmuntean.ne​t/images/oct10dudesexternal link

LOL! I didn't want to say, but having been in the same position myself once, I was pretty sure of the end result. I learned that 30 degrees is about my limit, and if it wants to go higher without breaking the tire loose, I ease off the throttle. ;)
-Bruce

Post #11, Mar 21, 2005 12:34:50 as a reply to cmM's post 5 minutes earlier.


The Captain and crew finally got their stuff together, now if we can only remember where we left it. :cool:
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How do you get the bike to have that look of no side stand, centerstand, chocks etc... removed in pp? I'm headed to the Vulcan Vice City Scooter Rally this weekend for some practice and fun!

I love reviving old threads!

Post #12, Feb 08, 2007 12:31:21 as a reply to Ballen Photo's post over 1 year earlier.


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How do you get the bike to have that look of no side stand, centerstand, chocks etc... removed in pp?

If you're asking me...
Selecting areas in PS.

Post #13, Feb 08, 2007 15:56:22


FrankC - 20D, RAW, Manual everything...
Classic Carz, Racing, Air Show, Flowers.
Find the light... A few Car Lighting Tips, and MOVE YOUR FEET!
Have you thought about making your own book? // Need an exposure crutch?
New Image Size Limits: Image must not exceed 1280 pixels on any side.

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Another way from me.... I used a long lens to in this shot give a flattened perspective. I agree with the overcast day for flat lighting..............​.

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Post #14, Feb 08, 2007 19:51:57 as a reply to PhotosGuy's post 3 hours earlier.


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Thanks photosguy. I've read your material a few times and learned alot from it. I guess the bike was placed on a stand and it was cloned out or not selected. Looks like I'm gonna need to play around a bit! Sharp photo scuff!

Post #15, Feb 08, 2007 20:40:42 as a reply to Scuff's post 48 minutes earlier.


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