One simple trick to elevate your cycling photography

If in 2021 you want to take your cycling selfie photography to the next level, then you’ve come to the right place! I won’t lie, I love a great cycling photo. I often cycle alone this can be quite hard to accomplish without resulting to the over-used “hold the phone at arm’s length and shoot” option. Sometimes I feel the need to capture an action shot or something more than just the bike against a backdrop. Something like this…

It’s not as hard as you’d think and can be accomplished with one simple and cheap addition to your kit that will transform your cycling selfie game! The shot above only took me a minute or two to set up and snap while I was waiting for the bunch to catch up. Here’s how…

Invest in a Bluetooth shutter remote!

 

Forget 10-second timers, a Bluetooth remote will transform how you take photos out on the road. These can be had on eBay for around $10 if you look around. You can even get them with a mini “gorilla” style flexible tripod, great for gripping to trees, poles and letterboxes, but a little cumbersome to carry out on the road. I tend to just take the remote in my jersey pocket.

As for camera positioning, think angles and lighting. A low down angle can give a great perspective of the rider and clear blue skies, or get the camera up higher for a wider shot of the road ahead. It’s then just a matter of holding the remote in one hand (I also have a small Velcro strap to secure it) and tapping the shutter as you roll past. Simple!

I don’t always take photos on my rides, but when I do, I like to get creative and do it well. ;-)

8 Comments Add yours

  1. idlecyclist says:

    I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago based on your original post. Haven’t got around to setting it up or using it just yet though. I aspire to take great shots like you do 😊

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    1. Hahaha I’m a seasoned selfie professional…

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  2. What camera are you using? Are these universal for all/most cameras? Like a DSLR?

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    1. Just my iPhone! I’m actually not sure if these particular remotes will work with a dSLR, they have a button for iOS and a button for Android. I used to have a wireless remote for my dSLR, but I don’t think it was Bluetooth (possibly newer-model cameras are Bluetooth-enabled, it’s been a while).

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  3. bgddyjim says:

    Nice post, brother.

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  4. John Hallas says:

    “took me a minute or two to set up and snap while I was waiting for the bunch to catch up”. On the zwift forums someobody would have posted a Fort Bragg image !!
    Good article I might try that myself.

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    1. Haha, well I’ve had plenty of failed attempts on other rides too! Sometimes everything just falls into place. 😉

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