Bicycle Photography: Ideas and Techniques for Riding with Camera Equipment

All photographers have difficulties while traveling with their equipment. Is the weight adequate? is small enough? Should I use this? How’s that lens doing? The list continues forever. This difficulty is one that I encounter nearly everyday, but on a higher level!

I take pictures of cyclists, “and…?” I hear you ask. I don’t, however, mean a touring bike with panniers and saddle packs weighing 15 kilograms. I ride with the bare minimum of gear since I am an avid road cyclist and because my trips may last anywhere from four to six hours. Comfort over long distances is my first goal.
It’s an intriguing task to find a balance between carrying quality photographic equipment and attaining the goals listed above. They like to go on dedicated and targeted photography road trips, thus I haven’t been able to interact with many individuals that fall into this category on a daily/regular basis. Therefore, I’m always coming up with fresh suggestions to keep my photography equipment light while riding without sacrificing the quality of the pictures.

Cycling while using a camera
When I first began looking at mobile photography, I quickly learned that there are certain restrictions associated with using a phone as a camera, despite the fact that this kind of technology is wonderful and gets better results every year. Nevertheless, I figured it was worth a try. I started by looking at phones that were flexible, had decent cameras, had long battery lives, and were also structurally sturdy. Just get an iPhone, mate? No way! For my purposes, there isn’t enough flexibility and personalization in phones.
After hearing all there is to know about them, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Huawei P9 Plus. This phone is amazing and provides plenty of customization and customizing options. The Dual Lens System, which was created by Leica, is now the primary selling point of this phone. I have subsequently updated the internals and software in the camera sector to reflect the modifications the P10 Plus introduced, and this provides great images.

Anyone seeking for a top-notch camera phone should definitely choose the Huawei P10 Plus. I use the built-in camera of the Adobe Lightroom mobile app to take pictures. Additionally, this contains a widget that allows you to use the Lightroom Camera in lieu of the phone’s built-in camera. This provides RAW capture, full manual control over shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance, as well as a convenient on-the-fly exposure compensation slider.
On many performance-focused rides, I find myself constantly reaching for my phone. While I do use it often, there are times when I wish I had a better camera and better glass. Visit this page on EXPOSURE to see my finest smartphone photos from 2017: www.blackapturphotography.co.nz/2017-from-the-saddle/

The first thing I did was just purchase a comfy and adjustable strap and take an old, somewhat unused camera of mine, a Sony RX10 Mark II. This was effective for approximately ten minutes. Even while the RX10 is far smaller and lighter than a DSLR, it still need additional support from your body in addition to the strap when carried on your back. It began sliding as soon as I left the traffic lights and quickly become quite unpleasant, not to mention when I started rising.

I then began looking for inexpensive mirrorless cameras that might yet produce high-quality photographs and give me the desired quality difference. I chose the YI Mirrorless camera because I was prepared to spend less money on a mirrorless camera at this time since it was an experimental project. This camera is exceptional for the money I paid! I had my concerns, but after using premium Sony Mirrorless cameras, I was astonished. Excellent camera, until it encountered riding and, more specifically, the perspiration that comes with it.

The idea of wetness did not occur to me when I first bought this camera during the winter. Due to its exposure to the elements, cycling is largely a fair-weather activity. On days when the weather was more unfavorable, however, cycling was done while wearing a rainproof layer.

The game shifted once again with the coming of summer. You you image how much moisture is produced in a thin cycling jersey’s back pocket on an 85-90F day with an hour-long climb! When I reached the top, I discovered that the lens had been impacted. It was quite damp, and that was definitely the end of that. The auto-focus was all over the place and just would not function, and then the camera itself began flashing different problems and overall went nuts.

A TOPEAK Compact handlebar bag is the only item other than the phone that has truly been effective so far. This attaches on my handlebars and can accommodate my Nikon D750 with a 24-85mm lens attached. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy; the bag is heavy and throws off the balance of my bike’s whole front end, which is especially obvious while descending at high speeds. Additionally, this item looks hideous on my bike and adds a lot of clutter to the cockpit. In other words, at least for me, it still hasn’t worked perfectly.
My next stop will be Peak Designs’ ‘Capture Clip’ system. This really creative and amazing design seems like it could just be the answer (I’ll soon find out), but first I need to figure out how and in what manner the attachment procedure will function.

“Capture keeps your camera easily accessible with a single button press. consists of 2 parts: an Arca tripod-compatible plate that screws into the bottom of your camera and a metal clip that attaches to any belt, bag, or backpack strap. Your camera is firmly and securely held in place when it latches into the clip. To remove, depress the locking quick-release button. powerful enough for the biggest professional camera/lens combos, holding well over 200 lbs. (90 kg). Summit Design

These are just a handful of the approaches I’ve taken when riding my bike while carrying my camera equipment. If you have any advice, suggestions, or original ideas for carrying camera equipment while bicycling, please get in touch with me. I’d also appreciate seeing samples of how you connect the capture clips.