Creative photo ideas for July: 05 Shoot a bike meet
Summer means decent days and dry roads, which brings out bikers in their droves.
Classic bike meets often make for some great photographs; the bikes are immaculately turned out, with lots of chrome and lustrous paint, while the owners often dress the part, channeling 1960s rockers with their studs and leather.
David Marvier is a huge fan of classic British motorcycles, getting great shots of both the bikes and their riders.
“I mainly use a 100mm prime and a 24-40mm standard zoom,” he explains. So how does he get that lovely vintage look in his pictures?
“I only use Photoshop, not Lightroom, and it’s different for every picture and story, so it’s a lot of work. I carefully adjust Curves, Levels and colour balance, and experiment with filters.
“Remember, the better the picture is when you take it, the easier the post-production is.”
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* Take a portrait lens, for example a 50mm or 85mm prime, to get atmospheric shots.
* Watch out for blown-out highlights if the sun is reflecting strongly on polished chrome; turn on the highlight warning on your camera.
* For panning shots to convey speed, set a shutter speed of 1/60 to 1/90 sec in Shutter Priority or Manual mode. Swivel your hips as the bike goes past, tracking its movement.
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