First choice for photos is high resolution digital. We need files that will reproduce at 300 dpi (dots per inch) in the finished size. That usually means you’ll need a camera in the 6MP (megapixel) range at a minimum.
Pay attention to the details of your photograph. Watch out for reflections on shiny surfaces like chrome and paint. We don’t need any pictures of you reflecting in a tank or headlight.
Pay attention to details of the photo subject, too. On a motorcycle feature, shoot pictures from every conceivable angle and of every detail of the bike. If text mentions a certain feature of the bike, there should be at least one picture of it. Shoot pictures of the engine, the paint, and details like taillights, forks, emblems and pinstriping.
Shoot some vertical photos. The magazine page is a vertical format. Vertical format pictures are better for full page and cover shots.
Include people in your shots. At events, get bikers and pretty girls. EVERY cover we have done recently has at least one picture of a pretty girl. EVERY ONE.
Shoot from several different perspectives. At a bike show, don’t shoot every bike from the same angle. Get down on your knees and shoot a few. Watch backgrounds, too.
People look better photographed at a slight angle. Such a view gives perspective. Have you ever seen a good driver’s license photo? No one has. It’s because the pictures are taken with harsh light and straight from the front. Even supermodels have lousy DL photos.
Speaking of light, most editors agree that late afternoon/early evening light makes the best photographs. It’s warmer (more yellowish) and has fewer harsh shadows. Slightly overcast days are good too, because the light is diffused. Again, it’s better for shadow avoidance. A little bit of fill flash helps with the shadows if nature isn’t cooperating. Practice some trial shots with and without flash on some cheap print film and get it developed at Wal-Mart. That will provide some cheap instruction on the use of fill flash.
Watch the focus. Make sure the camera is focused on the right thing. If you’re not careful to place your focusing grid in the right place, auto-focus cameras will sometimes focus on something other than the intended subject, such as on an engine head when you wanted a sharp picture of the air cleaner. Sometimes it’s best to turn off the automatic focus and dial it in manually.
Last but not least, enjoy yourself. Choppers are fun, so don’t take yourself or us too seriously. Include some humor and a little irreverence in your words and pictures.
• At least 300dpi on the longest side. Anything less than that is too small to see.
• At minimum 20 photos are required and can be submitted here. If more are needed we will contact you.
• Photos to include of bike: full left and right, details shots of any parts that are handmade or unique, engine, the paint, and details like taillights, forks, emblems and pinstriping.
• No duplicates, re-crops, or manipulations of the same image.
• Shoot some vertical photos. The magazine page is a vertical format. Vertical format pictures are better for full page and cover shots.
For a cover:
• To be considered for a cover, it must be shot vertically.
• A female model is required to be considered for a cover.
• At least 5 different vertical photos are recommended for all cover submissions, more is always better.
• We will need inside photos, so don't forget to take some horizontal shots.
• Some headless nudes or whatever are cool, but we need to see the female model in the photos.
• Photos can be of any level of nudity/sheer (that includes "implied" nudity), depictions of bondage or any image that is sexual in nature.
• Female model can wear any type of clothing: bikini, lingerie, dress, skirts, jeans or even topless or naked.