… OR: HOW TO GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT
use a 10MP camera or better. You’ll have a poster-quality profile picture!
OH YES: If possible, use a reflex (SLR) camera with a 50mm lens.
WELL, a point-and-shoot will also work; in that case use just a bit of optical zoom.
YIKES! You should avoid using a cell-phone camera.
- photograph the RIGHT SIDE of your bike (headlight pointing to the RIGHT)
- shoot at seat height, don’t stand. This gives a better perspective.
- center stand is best. When using the side stand, add spacers so the bike is almost vertical!
- use a tripod. if you don’t have one, use the timer and place the camera on a beer box. Beer Image Stabilization. Nice.
- cloudy weather is best, avoid sunny days – we need diffuse light for soft shadows. If not, at least make sure the sunlight comes from behind you.
- stand 5 meters (= 5 big steps) away from the bike: zoom in until the bike FILLS the viewfinder.
- NO flash: turn it OFF!
- if possible, use a wall as background. We cannot erase things visible through your windscreen.
- take several pictures, then compare them and send us the sharpest one.
- don’t worry about scratches, mud or dead insects. It’s a bike, not your partner. Also, don’t get in the picture yourself. Again, it’s about your bike… not your partner