When it comes to automotive photography, motorbikes can often be more difficult subjects than cars because of the angular surfaces and mixture of surfaces.
Learn how to take professional motorcycle photographs as Karl demonstrates the start to finish shoot of a black Honda Fireblade CBR. Throughout this class, you’ll learn about the best lighting for this type of photography, including gradient lighting for gloss surfaces and rim lighting to separate the subject and background; what camera settings and lenses to use; how to angle the bike and compose the shot; how to determine your camera angle; and how to use long exposures to capture the headlights.
Working through this demonstration, Karl offers numerous tips for motorbike photography, and you’ll soon see how these techniques can also be applied to other subjects too.
- How to photograph motorcycles in the studio
- Black on black product photography
- Lighting reflective gloss surfaces
- Camera settings and lens choice for motorcycle photography
- Controlling light to minimise and control reflections
- Long exposure combined with flash
If you’d like to learn more about photographing motorcycles, make sure to take a look at our Motorcycle Photography live show, where Karl photographed a KTM RC8 sports bike live.
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.
This class demonstrates multiple lighting techniques, each of which are used for a very particular purpose.
The first technique I demonstrate is a simple, overhead light to create a gradient on the top of the bike. As you’ll see in the video, this light picked up the Honda logo on the top of the fuel tank and I could control the hardness, softness and size of this by moving the position of the light.
The next technique I demonstrated in the video was how to use indirect light to light the subject. This is a common technique when photographing both motorcycles and cars as it allows us to light broad panels of light. Your choice of modifier is important for this technique as it will have a big impact on the final result; you’ll see how I used different modifiers throughout this course and the different results each of them had.
Rim lighting was another technique demonstrated in this class. This particular technique is particularly useful when photographing black products as it helps ensure the product stands out.
Finally, you’ll also see how I combined long exposure with flash to capture the glow of the headlights. This is another commonly used technique for car or motorcycle photography, though it does require careful control of your lights and camera settings.
As you’ll gather from the video, lighting and photographing these types of subjects is not always easy, but it can be done once you understand and know how to control your light.