In conjunction with Craig Ferguson, who is a cultural photographer based in Taiwan, I have put together an additional Eight tips for effective photography when out cycling. You can check out Craig’s website if you are interested in viewing some stunning photography and his daily tips. The route I took today for my training is similar to my posting about Riding in the Graveyard. It contains a full description of the route plus additional photos that were taken with my small Canon point’n'shoot. Today’s shots were taken with the Nikon D90 and it was right at sunset time, taking advantage of the “golden light” time of the day as described in my previous posting.
Craig’s Brief tips:
- Keep it simple. Take a general purpose zoom lens and nothing else.
- To shoot other cyclists, try panning. Set a shutter speed of 1/15 of so, start rotating your body from the hips and press the shutter button mid rotation.
- Try and cycle in a loop route to give you more options for photos.
- Water holds color and light longer than sky, so early/late in the day, try and include beach/river/lake etc for some added effect.
- For deeply saturated, blue skies, use a polarising filter.
Further tips given by Kirk Kenny, a Canadian photographer based in Hong Kong:
- You can ask for feed-back from your friends to improve your shots for next time out.
- Regularly look at photos from better photographers’ websites for inspiration. You can then try “reverse engineering” it.
- “The more I shoot I really think the 10,000 hour rule applies, it was an idea put forward in a recent best selling book -the idea that to be successful at something you have to crack that 10,000 hour barrier”.
You can check out some of Kirk’s images on Flickr
Taipei’s Largest Graveyard that covers practically a small mountain range
You can add interest to your photos by shooting your companions in the environment