How To Take Great MTB Selfies | GMBN’s Guide To Mountain Bike Social Media Part 2

How To Take Great MTB Selfies | GMBN’s Guide To Mountain Bike Social Media Part 2


– So the whole point of
this video is to tell how to take the ultimate Instagram posts. So, the first option
for that, the easy one, what everyone wants to do is a selfie. So, selfie is taking a picture of yourself in a cool environment, and
one of the great things about mountain biking is all the weird and random places you can be. So right now I’m up on this sort of big sort of lump of rock. It’s pretty cool, there’s
a palm tree down there. You can see Blake firing
around down there. And I’ve got my phone
with me, so the phone, or the GoPro’s got quite a wide lens, not as wide as the GoPro, but it means we’re going
to be able to capture some of this background to
put me in the situation. So if I just get my camera
out on my phone here. Get this ready. So as you find out here,
I’m taking this picture now, and I’m looking at the
background behind me, it’s got everything. Whee, I’m out riding trip for GMBN, see? Right, so, there you go. And I’ve got my selfie. Of course, there’s a few other
really cool things you can do takin a selfie, and one of them, although never do this around
traffic, only do this offroad, or whilst you’re riding, back at yourself. Could be quite cool, you
obviously don’t want to do this on technical piece of trail,
just a piece of basic fly road. Now, it’s really great if
you got your mates behind you riding, bit of a group ride thing. Stick your hand up, take the picture, everyone’s there with you, great shot. But, a mobile phone obviously is a great tool, ’cause it’s always with you, but if you’re lucky enough
to have a compact camera, SLR, anything like that would be. You’re going to be able to
take these alternative shots, and you’re going to be
able to really change what you can see. So just say, for example,
I want to take a photo, and I want just my face to be the focus. I don’t know, I might be covered in mud, something like that, so I want to say, “I’ve
come back from a ride, “I’m covered in mud,” something like that. “Check me out.” So if I’m going to do that,
on this particular lens, I’ll do it at F2, so you’re
just going to get this great, crisp shot of my face in focus and everything be nice and
blurry in the background. But, if you’re in a location like this, I actually want to show
some of that background, so hop it up to F8, for example,
it’s going to get everything, in it nice and sharp. So if I own just a regular compact camera, for a portrait mode, basically, that’s what you’re going to want to use to get this
all, low F-stop number, to get your face in focus, and the background nice and blurry. If you want to get it all in
sharp, use the landscape mode. On any sort of compact camera
when you’re doing this, it really helps if you
use face recognition. So you can actually look at the lens, and you can see roughly, if it’s in line sight with your eyes, but if it’s got also face recognition, if you lock and load towards your eyes, to make sure they’re in focus. So I’m just going to
do this real cool shot, so, there you go. That’s a good Instagram shot. And that’s pretty good
just looking at results of that all nice and sharp, we can still see some
of this background here. But, let’s try again, and let’s just jump
this up to F8, so again, if that was on a compact camera, landscape feature would
give you something similar. We’ll try again, and it’s going
to put everything in focus. Now as you can see, everything’s
pretty sharp in that one. And another shot, really the
background is nice and blurred. You can see me and what I’m doing. So just try to think
about this with Instagram, because certain things look really cool, like the muddy face back from riding makes a great portrait shot. And if you turn it to black and white, you can have a real
striking sort of look to it. A little different than what
everyone else is doing too. This can be quite hard to do, and there’s various
different ways you can do it. So obviously, with a phone
you’re pretty limited to what you can do, but you can get this really small GorillaPod
type devices that hold a phone and you can suspend them from
a tree, or something similar, and use the self-timer feature. It’ll take a few goes, but you can get some
alright results with it. The next step us it to use a GoPro. Now a GoPro’s are
obviously really versatile. You can have it recording videos, and take still images from that. You can use the time lapse feature, which is one of Blake’s favorites. Of course, you can use the self-timer. Now having something like a GorillaPod, they do them in various sizes, and you can attach the GoPro mount to it, means you can either just
set it up on the trail, or you can wrap it around a tree, a post. Get into some really good creative spots. So this is great. And if you want to go one step
further, you can use those, or a tripod in combination
with a compact camera, and the self-timing feature on that. You can also pre-focus
with those sort of cameras, but the best way to do that would be to put your bike upside
down on the trails, or the place you want to take that shot, pre-focus in manual mode to set, move your bike, set your self-timer, ride into shot, and hopefully, you’re going to get a really nice shot. And the final way of doing
it, is with DSLR system. So, to do that, you’ll need your DSLR and the relevant cables to connect, and a couple of PocketWizards too, and homemade firing cable. Now that’s a simple Push
to Close button I’ve got from Maplin, or in the U.S.,
somewhere like Radio Shack. They cost pence, they cost almost nothing. And just a simple
headphone-type jack cable, which I’ve cut and sewed the end. And I found a little bar mount for this, it’s is made from an old
Crankbrothers Dropper Post, so it’s recycling bike bits. And to hold the PocketWizard
on my handlebars, I’ve got an old hoop bracket here, and an old brake bracket,
in fact, just to hold that in line with the front of
my stem to meet with that. And then all you do is ride
into shot, bang, bang, bang. Then bang off the shots. Of course, there’s a bit more to it, I’m just going to show you
how to do it on the trail. Okay, so this is really is
the ultimate in selfie setup. So you can do this with
pretty much any DSLR. All you need is basically
a couple of PocketWizards, and they basically send
the signal to the camera, and you operate these with
either a button on here, and worst case, I’m putting
a little cable, too, on my handlebars, so I can
operate it when I’m riding along. I’ve set my bike up
upside down on the trail, roughly where I think I’m going to be, got the camera on a nice fast shot speed, about 1500 here. I’m using it on auto also, to make it nice and easy for myself. It’s a nice bright day here in Spain. And it’s on high-speed settings, so I’m going to rattle off a few shots. I’ve pre-focused so, hopefully, all I need to do is ride in the shot, hit my button, and get a nice shot. So, that was my side shot, just to get a focus in the right spot. And then coming in, I
just hit the trigger, a little bit early, so I can make sure I’ve
got something on the turn. And that’s not bad. It varies ’cause the sun
is a bit high in the sky. We have a cast of shadow over me there, but I can pull a little bit
of that up in the highlights. But that’s not too bad,
it’s nice and sharp. The foreground is quite nice. That’s going to be a decent Instagram. So, of course, this is
a pretty extreme example of how far you can go to get a really good Instagram picture. But that’s really what the
name of the game is about. Being creative, and just whatever you can, to get that really nice image. Of course, when you’re out
riding with your friends, you can use your friends to help taking those riding shots of you. But when you’re on you’re
own, its actually quite cool to take a selfie to really
try and capture that moment. This is good, but the
GoPro is actually the king for this sort of thing
because it’s so easy to use. You can set up a time-lapse,
put it on a timer, or a tripod that will fit in your bag, side of the trail, hammer past. You’re going to get a good shot there. Of course, it’s a super wide lens, so you can get too much
terrain, and not enough of you, so you have to experiment with that a bit. And of course, compact camera as well. You can get some quite
good results with that. You’re never going to get an
action shot as detailed as this, because I’m thoroughly in control of when I want to take that photo. But if you want to take a
nice shot of big terrain with you in that terrain, you can get a really
good result with that. Just be persistent and get learned. Hopefully, this video on making the ultimate Instagram
selfie has been helpful for you guys, we’d love
to see your effort, so don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and on the Instagram page. And, of course, if you want
to see part one of this video, click down here. And if you want to see a video on making your own riding video, in the same sort of vein as this, click over here. As always, click on
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