3 Techniques for Taking In-Motion Bicycle Pictures

Moving bicycle pictures freeze a moment in time, capturing movement in a single image. The techniques involved in photographing bicycles in motion are different from those of still objects. Blurring is expected, but can be controlled and used to convey the concept of motion and movement. The following are three techniques to photograph moving bicycles.

1. Controlling the Shutter Speed

The shutter speed determines how the final image will be captured, whether it successfully captures the moment or ends up with a blurry image. An increase in shutter speed freezes the moment. Slower shutter speeds blur the image. Holding the shutter open too long will cause the entire image to end up being completely blurred.

2. Freezing the Background vs. Subject


There are two ways of capturing bicycles in motion. Photographers can choose to keep the focus on the subject and blur the background or focus on the background and blur the subject instead. It depends on what message the photographer intends to convey. The shutter speed also changes the effect.  With blurring the subject, a higher shutter speed is needed. Slower shutter speeds are enough for blurring the background. However, blurring the background will require additional panning movement from the photographer.

3. Using a Tripod


When photographing a bicycle in motion, it is expected that some parts of the image will blur. A tripod will give the photographer greater control of which areas remain in focus and which areas blur. It is important to experiment with the camera settings prior to the actual shoot and compare the results of using the autofocus and manual to see which will work best for the situation.