Bicycle pictures are not that hard to find, since they are scattered all over the internet, in magazines and newspapers, and probably also in your photo album. These cycling images evoke different types of emotions. You might have some photographs of a wipeout that show you with a contorted face. To children, this funny bicycling picture might ignite explosive laughter, while an older audience might frown at it and ask how badly you were hurt. Browsing through your mountain biking photos may be very entertaining, but taking them is quite challenging.
Do It Yourself
Still shots are as great as moving shots and require skill, practice, and a lot of hard work – not to mention a great camera. Taking bicycling images is different from taking still shots. Yes, there are times when still shots can result in great cycling pictures. Yet the most amazing pictures are those taken while the subject is in motion.
Tip: To take better bicycle pictures, learn how to control your shutter speed.
The lower your shutter speed, the longer your image sensor will be exposed to light. Shutter speed is very important for sports photography. If you want to capture a super-sharp snapshot of a bike in motion, use a higher shutter speed.
If you want to take one of those artistic "motion trail" pictures which capture a bicycle's movement complete with motion blur, use a lower shutter speed.
Bicycle Pictures - The Easy Way
Buy a camera that takes pictures and videos, and can capture a still photograph from a video. What I usually do is take a video of myself and anyone else who is with me on a bike trip, review the video and cut out portions of it that I think would look awesome as pictures. I save those pictures, print them out using photo paper and place them in my album. No one knows the difference.
Bicycle Pictures - The Professional Way
Bike riding pictures, if intended to attract customers, require great equipment.
A camera with a high-quality lens that will decrease pixelation is a major plus. A high shutter speed (1/60th of a second or faster) will shorten exposure to light and produce better pictures.
If your shutter speed is slower than this, you should use a tripod to decrease camera shake. However, motion is not always bad since it creates a stimulating effect in the photograph.
The aperture you use depends on the type of picture you want to take. If you want to focus on just the rider, leaving the background a bit blurry, use a smaller aperture. If you want the whole scene to be captured perfectly, then a larger aperture is needed. Remember, adjusting one component when taking bike riding pictures will normally warrant an adjustment to the other components as well to compensate for the changes made.
Let Them Do It for You
There are lots of bike-riding pictures on the internet. When I need a picture of a bicycle for my web site, I turn to iStockphoto. This great web site has so many bicycle images that it will be hard for you to select the right one, and best of all - they are cheap as low as 1$ per picture!
Here are some bicycle pictures that I've gotten from iStockphoto
Overall, taking bicycle pictures for the viewing pleasure of the public is quite challenging and taxing, yet it does give you a feeling of great accomplishment since the result will always stun spectators. But if you want to take bike-riding pictures just to seal your the experience in a photograph , then it's is just as easy as saying:
"One, two, three.. say cheese!"