When out and about on your bike, especially on an adventure that is different from a daily commute or routine errand you may want to record your journey so you can reminisce about it later or share your memories with others. That is where photography comes in. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then photos can be helpful to collect snap shots of your surroundings, clever businesses, your cycling companions, beautiful plants and vegetation, and destinations worth remembering. Cyclists often include the bike itself in the photos as a reminder of what the journey was about. Below are some tips for photography that will make your photos from a cycling journey even more memorable.
Advantages of Taking Photos as a Cyclist
While some photographers take photos that include cyclists, what we are going to talk about here is photography from a cyclist’s perspective—photos you take while out riding your bike. The cycling boom of the 1890s occurred at the same time as the advent of armature photography and have been intertwined ever since. The advantage of seeing the world by bicycle is that you can travel to see a subject with greater ease, go farther and faster to new destinations than you can by walking, the human speed of a bike enables you to see more than you would from a car, bus, or train, and you can stop more easily than you can or other forms of transportation so that it is easier not to bypass a good photo opportunity.
When to Take Photos
Cyclists that do long endurance rides designed for fitness give priority to pace and duration and don’t stop frequently so this type of ride makes it difficult to stop and take photos. If you are planning to take photos on a ride, you would do better riding at a relaxed pace. You will be in a better position to take photos since you will have the time to enjoy your surroundings and look for opportunities to capture what you are experiencing. If you do want to take photos as part of a fast ride, the time before the ride begins or after it concludes is the best.
Where to Take Photos
Here are tips for composition and background for your cycling photos:
What to Look For in a Camera for Cycling Photos
Cyclists like to lighten their load so they can pedal with less effort so when looking for a camera to record cycling adventures you will want one that is light and compact enough to fit in a jersey pocket or handlebar bag. A smartphone is likely to be carried anyway, so using the built-in camera for your photos is a common practice. Some cycling photographers, however, want a camera that shoots higher quality images and more settings to customize shots. If you want to shoot videos it is a good idea to upgrade.
Here are features to look for in a camera to take along with you on a bike:
For help and reviews in selecting a camera for cycling photos check out this review.
How to Take Cycling Photos
Cycling outside offers many opportunities to be creative in composing your photos. Here are some tips:
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