You can’t take shots like these with your iPhone in the driveway. You aren’t going to take photos like these with your digital camera in the garage either and that can be frustrating. We’ve all done it, we take a few pictures and afterwards we keep telling people, “the photos don’t do it justice, it looks better than that.” Ever wonder why?
Lots of lighting makes a huge difference and preparing a proper studio setup gives you a fighting chance and that’s how Frank J Bott turns out great shots of all kinds of motorcycles, from super high dollar customs to some that are highly prized by their owners, but considerably less costly to build. The right light, eliminating shadows and no small amount of talent gets you pictures like the ones you see here.
He built himself a 27 by 48 foot softbox or light tent, one of those semi enclosed areas for photos that eliminate extraneous shadows in the background while bathing the object in light from all angles. They’re common for small objects and you can buy them or build them yourself, Frank just needed something bigger.
You have to do more than hang a bed sheet in the background. He won’t show you what he did, but he’s rebuilt his 12 times to get it right and experimented with all kinds of paint for just the right amount of reflectivity, seems like he’s on the right track.
He’s got a lot of his photos online so you can see the results of his hard work and a studio in Asheville, North Carolina where he can take photos of your bike, too. The only problem with shots like these are how bad they make your own photos look. Nice work!