Welcome to another photography article. In this article, I would take you through mobile photography tips for cyclists to keep in mind while clicking pictures through mobile phones on your rides. The digital era has made dramatic changes in our lifestyle. Everyone likes clicking pictures and they want their images to stand out.
However, not all people carry an expensive DSLR camera, or GoPro’s. It is literally impossible to survive without a mobile phone these days. Mobile phones not only serve the purpose of being connected but with the market now flooded with the new camera integrated mobile phones. So in this article, I would give out a few tips and tricks for mobile photography for cyclists
Let me show you how to take exceptional pictures with your mobile phone.
Tip’s & Tricks
I go on cycle rides with my friends very often. It is difficult to carry over 2 KG of your equipment, the weight just cuts down your performance. So I do not like carrying my bulky DSLR camera, however, I do carry my GoPro and my mobile phone. Check out how good is your mobile phone and can it adjust to light automatically?
Mobile photography first tip for cyclists – Light source
Now the most important fact is that It’s all about lighting. The more light your mobile camera sensor catches more beautiful your images come out.
Shattering Mega Pixels Myth: Guys, a megapixel is not important, the sensor has to be large in size. The bigger the better. The above image is clicked with a 6 Mega Pixel Camera settings.
It is never about the megapixels that people keep discussing. I find that quite funny! Always keep in mind that the sensor of the camera should be large.
An image sensor is a solid-state device, the part of the camera’s hardware that captures light and converts what you see through a viewfinder or LCD monitor into an image.
The more light, the more clear your picture will be. That is why I always tell people that the subject should always be in front of the light source. So for a cyclist, stand facing the sun and wear your sunglasses. The compare the picture that you clicked while not facing the camera. This is the first tip of the mobile photography tips.
Mobile photography second tip for cyclists – Do not zoom
The worst thing that you can do while clicking pictures with a mobile phone is using the zoom. Do not use the mobile zoom ever, always move to your subject or a focused area to click. Why did I say this? Well, the point is that if you are not using a tripod for a stable image, you would end up getting a blurry image in zoom as even a minor twitching of nerves of your hand would get the camera of your mobile out of focus. You can click first and then can crop/zoom through any of the development software.
Mobile photography third tip for cyclists – Use a tripod
Try not to share your hands while clicking pictures. I use a tripod to get a stable platform and use timer/burst shots to take a stable image. Mobile tripods are cheap and you can order them from Amazon by clicking here. You will get the same in 500 INR. It’s very effective equipment if you are thinking of taking up serious photography. Very effective while taking timed shots.
Mobile photography fourth trick for cyclists – Create angles
Look for fresh perspective people. This is something that if you copy, looks fake. I have seen a lot of people copying the angles which I use, but they end up doing a worse job when it comes to final results. Use your imagination to find unique angles that people have never seen. A fresh and new angle always attracts the audience.
“This is tried and tested! It works all the time! Copying is for losers! “
Mobile photography fifth trick for cyclists – Clean your camera lens
This is not done by most people. They just take out the phones from their pocket, click and then keep it back. Try this: Your phones are in your pocket most of the time. They are bound to get dirty. Always keep a soft cloth to clean your lens whenever you go on a photography trip. Clean the lens and take the picture, you will see remarkable differences in the pictures. A very small thing but creates an awesome clicking experience.
Most Important – Enjoy your clicks!
“THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE IS TO ENJOY THE CLICKING AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ENJOY WITH YOUR RIDER BUDDIES”
This is by far the most important rule. I ride with my friends, most of them are amazing. obviously, if you are emotionally connected with your friends, your pictures would be amazing. A photographer who is always emotionally connected with the subject, bring out the beauty in them on his/her clicks.
Summing up if you keep in mind these mobile photography tips you will click phenomenal pictures.
Happy clicking! If you are looking to purchase a new phone from Amazon, check the links for phone phones for mobile photography below.