“What You Missed…” Photo Guidelines

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I’m extremely pleased and overwhelmed by the number of reader submitted photos that I’m receiving for the “what you missed this morning” posts.  Some amazing photos coming in from places I can only dream of riding.  I get dozens every week from all over the world.

I’d like to keep this going, however I’m going to suggest a few guidelines for submitting photos so that they’re usable.  I feel badly when someone takes the time to take a photo only to find that I can’t post it.  I realize that the only camera that most of us carry on our rides is our phone camera.  This is still okay as the logistics and practicality of carrying an SLR with a 300mm lens is just not possible.  I can photoshop most of these camera phone photos to look pretty decent, so keep it up.

1. Make sure there is a bike, bike part, or cyclist somewhere in the photo (but see note #2 on this).  If it’s some spectacular picture that you took while out driving your car on some amazing road, that’s okay too, but I’d like to keep some context to most of the photos.

2. It’s great to have a cyclist in the photo, however it many be a good idea to keep the cyclist indistinguishable and unrecognizable. The point of the photo is to show the location of the amazing place you’ve been riding and to inspire others to get out there, not to show the cyclist himself.  No offense…

3. Try to avoid having some distracting broken down car, shack, fence, street sign, etc in the background.  While I appreciate that the view is probably spectacular, distracting background objects can take away from the photo and ruin it.

4. Try to capture what the road and terrain is like.  If it’s a straight road, make sure that it’s captured. If it’s a windy road, then photograph a part of it where it winds and turns.  It’s very difficult to show the how steep climbs are, so try to have something that hightlights the perspective.

5. Wipe off the camera lens! If you’re like most people and are taking pics with your camera phone, your lens probably is dirty with figerprints.  It’s amazing how much a clean lens will improve your photo.

Here are 12 excellent tips on how to shoot better photos with your camera phone.

The best camera is the camera that’s with you. Phone cameras are fine as long as the composition of the photo is decent. Keep taking your photos and sending them in!


Photo coutesy of Velodramatic. I don’t expect many photos to come in this spectacular!