How to Take Photo of Motorcycles that Look Great on Social Media?


This is Miya, a Webike staff, who has been practicing for a while now because of the difficulty in taking photos at the circuit.

Do you upload photos of your motorcycle on social media? I toured to various places, took lots of pictures, and then we went home! But when you look back at your photos, have you ever thought that you didn't get a very good shot? Since this is the touring trip, you want to leave your memories not only in your mind but also in your photos.

I want to take pictures that look good, even if they don't look professional! For those of you who do, I'm going to show you how to photograph a motorcycle that looks great with a few tips.

This is my way of taking pictures. It's not as good as professional photographers, so it's just a reference.

Let's find an angle that works!

When you get to the perfect spot, start by looking for an angle. I look at the motorcycle from various directions, front, back, left, and right, including the background. Then you'll naturally think, "That's a cool angle! You'll find a place where you can think, "I don't know what to do.

If you can't find it, you can find the best angle by changing the direction of the motorcycle or moving your shooting point slightly. It's no exaggeration to say that half of the entire process is done with the angle decisions here.

Here's a point!
The angle at which the motorcycle looks best when viewed at an angle of 30 to 60 degrees from the front or directly behind.
The 1st image was taken from an angle of about 90 degrees. In the image above, 2nd to 4th were taken from an angle of about 30 to 60 degrees.

Think about the composition of your subject!

Once you've decided on an angle, you'll also need to decide where to position your subject (the motorcycle). There are various patterns to choose from, such as whether to include the background or to make the motorcycle a statement. Typical compositions include

  • Sunrise composition
  • Schematic composition
  • 2-partition method
  • 3-partition method

If you remember these four things, you can usually get a beautiful picture.

Sunrise composition

This is the simplest and most popular composition with the subject (the motorcycle) in the middle of the picture. The photo here is of the Webike staff I.Y.'s favorite motorcycle: the BMW R nineT Pure. The overall look is dim, but it's one that emphasizes and conveys the glossy look of BELL's white-colored helmet and tank.

Schematic composition

This kind of schematic composition is best if you want to create a strong sense of depth from the motorcycle in front into the motorcycle in the back.

This photo was taken at Webike's in-house touring event. We timed the vehicles to line up for a group photo. By shooting from the right side a bit more, I think we can emphasize a large number of units.

2-partition method

The "2-partition method" allows you to switch the scenery and the subject on both sides. By placing the border between the two sections in the center of the photo, you can emphasize the "stability" of the photo itself. It's also an easy composition to use for city and nature shots. The picture here is K.D.'s favorite motorcycle: Kawasaki W400. The vehicle-wall is neatly divided into the left half and the tile floor is neatly divided into the bottom half.

3-partition method

As with the two-part method introduced earlier, the composition here is also divided into three sections of length and width. By deliberately moving your subject away from the center of the photo, such as on a line or at the intersection of lines, you can expand the space in the photo and create a sense of space, making it easier to convey the atmosphere of the scene. This photo shows Webike staff I.Y.'s favorite motorcycle: STREET TWIN. The subject fits neatly into four squares, with the bar-end engine coming neatly to the intersection.

Let's decide where to put the focus!

The next important step is to adjust the focus.
In the case of SLRs, there are two types of focusing: Autofocus, which allows the camera to focus automatically,and Manual focus, for manually adjusting the focus. You will also need to adjust the aperture value (commonly known as the f-value).

Aperture is a system that restricts the amount of light entering the camera, with a small aperture value (e.g. F2.8). If you use a high aperture value (e.g., F11), the background will be less blurry and the picture will appear clearer overall.

If you have a smartphone, you can emphasize only the part you want to show by setting it to portrait mode, etc. because you can blur the background. These days, many smartphones with dual lenses, which come standard with two lenses attached, are now available, and their performance is no less than that of a DSLR.

Show your subject clearly

When you set the focus to the body of the motorcycle and reduce the aperture value, the forest in the background is blurred and the motorcycle looks more impressive. It's good for taking pictures of parked vehicles like the one in this photo, but as I mentioned earlier, it's not so good for taking pictures of running vehicles because they tend to be out of focus if they're not in focus. Also, if the focus is off, it will quickly become blurry. You should check it out as soon as you're done shooting.. (Experience.)

All the backgrounds are clearly shown, too.

If you want to see the background clearly, increase the aperture value and you'll get a clearer picture like this one. Also, as you increase the aperture value, the lines of light (the spiky things extending from streetlights, lamps, etc.) will appear in the photo. If you're taking a bunch of photos in the same place, you can change the aperture value frequently to enjoy the changes in your photos.

Let's make the most of the color scheme!

The shoot went off without a hitch! But this is just a picture of the picture. I'm still in a state of spinning, so to speak. To make your photo look better, you can use makeup (processing) to make it more beautiful.

Isn't processing a process like that done with processing software or something? But this time, we're going to process it using only the functions originally included in the PC and smartphone!

I'd like to use this photo to process it.

By the way, the motorcycle in the photo is Webike Magazine writer Kenzie's favorite, the YAMAHA WR250R. I had a standard image tool on my PC called "Photo", so I used it to do the work.

The standard tools these days do a great job of applying filters and corrections automatically, so don't force yourself to think about it. Let's go with a color tone that makes you think "I'm going to be able to do this".

Too much processing may make the image difficult to see, so adjust the color tone to your liking in moderation. Personally, the sun is in the middle of the picture, so I darkened the edges of the photo to make it easier for the eye to get to the center.

What do you think? For me personally, I really like the way the image turned out (lol).

The color correction is the part of the image that brings out personal colors. Each person has his or her own color tone of preference, so I would appreciate it if you would watch over my work warmly.

Take more pictures and aim for 10,000 likes!

I introduced how to take a picture of the motorcycle briefly, but this is one's personal way of taking a picture, so please use it as a reference image only. There are many other ways to shoot, such as reflections with puddles, dodging maker emblems, etc. Just by changing the angle and composition, you can get some great shots, so please learn to take pictures of your motorcycle in your own way!

See KAWASAKI Mot Index Page
See BMW Moto Index Page
See Accessories for KAWASAKI W400
See Accessories for BMW R nineT Pure

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