Motorbike Photo Shoot

Learn how to photograph motorbikes in the studio

Portrait taken using umbrella lighting


Motorbike Photo Shoot

19th December 2019 - 18:00 GMT / 13:00 EST

In this live show Karl will undertake the exciting task of photographing a motorbike live in the studio.

How to photograph a motorbike in the studio

Planning & preparation

Lens choice & equipment

Step-by-step lighting examples

Tips for photographing reflective surfaces

Control multiple lights

Get your questions answered live

Overcoming the challenges of motorcycle photography

When it comes to photographing motorbikes, there are a number of challenges you can expect to face. Whether you’re working outdoors on location, or in a more controlled studio environment, these steel speedsters are no easy subject.

Some of the challenges you may experience include:

  • Composing your image
  • Lighting reflective & matte surfaces
  • Controlling light
  • Selecting the right modifiers
  • Determining the best background

I’ll show you how to overcome each of these challenges in this live show, explaining my thought process and creative decisions as I work through this step-by-step demonstration.

As I explain how to overcome each of these challenges, you’ll realise that the key thing to keep in mind (for any product shoot) is that a careful, logical approach is required. If you remember that, you’ll soon realise that even a complex shoot such as this can be simplified into two main steps.

1. Determine your angle & focal length

Studio shots of motorbikes are most commonly done at a three quarter side angle or front on. One of the goals for any type of product photography is to highlight key features of the products, and this is no different. It’s important that your shooting angle allows you to highlight key features of the bike, whether it be the hand grips, exhaust system or brake disks.

When it comes to lens choice, you’ll need to consider the space you’re working in and the look you’re going for. Generally anything from 50mm to 100mm is a good choice as these provide the most accurate result. Anything less than 50mm will possibly result in distortion and anything larger than 100mm will force you to work further away from your object and can flatten the product.

2. Lighting

Motorcycle photography is similar to car photography in that it generally involves some form of large, gradient lighting from above, as well as fill lighting for the side panels and pockets of light to highlight key features.

There’s many different ways you could choose to light a motorcycle, from plain white backgrounds to dark shots with rim lighting. For this shot I’ll be aiming to create a dramatic, moody image on a grey background.

From the placement of my lights to my choice of modifiers, I’ll walk you through each step of my lighting setup to help you understand how to control your light and achieve the exact result you want.

These points cover just some of the most important aspects of motorbike photography. Other things to consider include preparing for the shoot, background choice and post production. Throughout this show I’ll show you everything you need to know to get the best possible result. To join me for this live show and learn about motorcycle photography, make sure to sign up to Karl Taylor Education. In addition to this live workshop, you’ll also get access to all our hundreds of other classes and past live shows.

Studio portrait using umbrellas


Motorbike Photo Shoot

19th December 2019 - 18:00 GMT / 13:00 EST

Learn how to create high-end images of motorcycles in the studio in this live show. Watch the start-to-finish shoot to learn about lighting and techniques for shooting these challenging subjects.
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