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Old 02-01-07, 01:54 PM   #1
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Photography tips - means of support?

I've done a search for photography tips in the forums and have found some very good info, but the one thing I haven't seen an answer to is how do you prop your bike up? I'm particularly interested in an invisible means such as those wonderful photos in 55/rad's sig, for instance.

I imagine there is some post production cloning out of the prop device, just wondering what device y'all use to make the job neater and easier.

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Old 02-01-07, 02:33 PM   #2
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Two ways I have seen, but not used.

1) A prop stick at the proper angle to hide behind the top tube.

2) something under the far side pedal which is all the way down.

I think there was a thread somewhere in the forum that showed off some nice shots, and the secrets to getting them.
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fishing line tied to a cloud!

Or just put something under the far side pedal. Like a snowbank for instance
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It has to be in front of a white garage door and then the force holds them up Seriously I use a thin piece of bamboo and conceal it behind the seat tube, or place a block under a pedal.

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The best trick is to use Photoshop or another image editor after the fact to erase whatever you used as a prop.
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if your bike is a fixed gear and you ride don't ride clipless, sometimes you can balance it with one of the toe clips pressing against the ground
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I use photographic background paper against a retaining wall in my back yard. I lean the bike against the wall, but with the photographic background paper, there is no depth perception, so the bike looks like it's suspended in air.

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Thanks for the tips guys! All good suggestions, but I particularly like that background paper trick. I'll have to look into that some more.
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Or a piece of copper pipe that I didn't bother to photoshop out....

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I use photographic background paper against a retaining wall in my back yard. I lean the bike against the wall, but with the photographic background paper, there is no depth perception, so the bike looks like it's suspended in air.

Nice!
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