|| Mountain Bike Photography
Welcome to the photo lessons...
|Every picture should tell a story. And it should have emotional meaning. Some
pictures hold our attention -- even if we don't know the people in them; even if we were
never there. What is it about these pictures that keeps you looking at them?
And why do some people easily take great photos -- and you don't? To call it
"the artist's eye" is a cop-out. Let's call it "the science of
good pictures." And you can learn this science.
||Take this photo. You know this guy's in the woods. He's
sweaty and his biking jersey is open. Must have been riding hard. We
assume he's fond of his furry white biking buddy.
There's science behind this photo: It's a "people close-up,"
so it's shot at eye level using 60 mm telephoto. The dominant feature (the
man's eyes) obeys the "rule of thirds" -- so we perceive a photo
of "a biker and his dog," and not "a dog being held by a
biker." The background was selected for its simplicity, but provides
hints about location (the woods). Somebody got the exposure right.
|In the lessons that follow, I'll give you some hints about shooting great
biking photos. Some of the stuff is unique to biking, such as "helmet
shadows" on the face. You'll be a better photographer, or I'll give you
double your money back.
Please begin the first
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