There’s nothing we love more than getting a great looking bike in our email inbox, and whether you’re a fulltime Pro-builder, up-and coming New Talent, Semi-pro or Shed builder, we need the same resources to write a good feature story, so please read this before you send us your ramblings:
“People prefer great shots of an average bike to crap shots of a great bike. That’s just the way it is…”
BACKGROUND: Find a neutral background that doesn’t break up the lines of the bike.
AVOID (Unless you are a pro): Wide angle lenses, green grass, red brick, trees and hedges, strong light and dark shadows, your neighbor’s fence/car/caravan, your own shadow.
INCLUDE: Both sides of the bike, front & back, 3/4 angles, all from a distance. Then add close-ups of clocks, logos, etc.
SPACE: Leave space around the bike in your photos, as we may crop the pics to work better in online templates like Facebook or Twitter.
FRAMING & FORMAT: Please shoot in landscape. Portrait pics will be mostly cut in half on a landscape screen.
QUALITY & LIGHT: We’d like to see some of the detail on your build, so don’t get too creative with dark rooms, high grain or soft focus, unless you know what you’re doing and we can still see the bike.
ANGLES – Cover ALL the angles. Our readers want to see both sides, front & back. Shoot from a low crouch.
THESE PHOTOS (and below) are perfect – Taken by an amateur. All you need is a good location, good light and a decent camera with a zoom lens, shot from low, covering all the angles…
SIZING & SENDING YOUR PHOTOS: We need 5-10 good quality images at 1400 pixels wide minimum.
Shots can be atmospheric and creative, and taken by the road using your iPhone, but make sure we can see the bike too. But if you want to get serious there’s a great How-To Photograph your bike on Bike EXIF.
What’s with all the Graffiti? We know you guys are street cool, but graffiti walls just hide the bike and break up all the lines. This one just about gets away with it… but…
PLEASE DON’T EMAIL YOUR PHOTOS & INFO. Send by WeTransfer. It’s free, easy and you don’t have to register.
PLEASE DON’T SEND US ANYTHING ON DROP BOX. (It sucks)
Send your WeTransfer message to [email protected]
“Great photos are always worth a quick look, but it’s a great story that will inspire people to sit up and take notice, or bother to click LIKE or add a comment”
Tell us the human story as well as the story of the bike and build assuming the reader knows nothing, even if you’ve been featured before:
1. WHO ARE YOU?
- Where are you from?
- What do you do?
- Are you a pro/amateur/semi-pro/new-kid-on-the-block?
- What inspired you to start building bikes/this bike?
- How do we describe you? David, Big Dave, Davo, Dave-The-Bike, DaveMoto?
- Who else worked with you, are you a one-man operation or a team/group/mates, etc.
2. THE BIKE?
- What’s the donor bike, make, model, year?
- Where did it come from? Interesting find, or customer bike, ebay?
- What was your vision/design/plan/brief?
- What did you do to the bike – just the basics; but tell us all the cool stuff, clever ideas and upgrades?
- If you’ve upgraded parts like the wheels, lighting, gauges, brakes, suspension, exhaust, etc, what make did you choose and where from, or what was the donor bike?
- Any interesting challenges or mistakes?
- Any unique signature features?
- How would you describe the bike now? Brat/Cafe/Bobber/Scrambler/Tracker/Hyrbrid/Bratster/CafeBrat/Woteva?
- Tell us about the finish, logos, design?
- How does the bike ride?
- Are you happy? Is the customer happy?
- What will you do next?
KEEPING TRACK OF YOU
If you message us on Facebook as BIG DAVE, then email us your story from D’s-MOTOS, and then send pics by WeTransfer from your girlfriend’s E-mail account, we will definitely lose track of your story. Please help us join the dots by referencing your previous communication every time you get in touch.
We have now reached a point where we can’t feature every bike that is sent in. It’s mostly because we get too many bikes submitted every day, and there’s not enough of us to edit all the pics, write the copy and post up 5+ stories a day. But – The easier you make it for us, the faster we can write your story and the quicker it will get online.
We do always have a serious backlog, and we do sometimes have to prioritize regular contributors when they have a major press release, so, apologies in advance, but we will try to reply to everyone and we don’t mind being chased-up and reminded.
Now, get inspired by these Shed Builds – with simple, clean photography… More like this, please.
Pete AKA Cutter’s Chicken Shack Ducati
So, what are you waiting for? Go borrow your mate’s posh camera, take some pics, and send them via WeTransfer to us at [email protected] along with an email with enough information for us to write a great story about you and your bike.