How To Make Your Friends Look Fast(er) In Photos

Nov 28, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  

So, you already know how to work that fancy camera of yours? Perfect. Now Matt Delorme takes us through how to get the best performance out of a rider... even if the rider in question is your squid friend!

Matt normally jets around the world taking photos for Pinkbike, anything from world cup downhill to xc multi-day events. Today he's giving you advice on how you can take better photos of your friends at your local MTB trails. There's some great stuff in here, and some of the best shit talking in the biz.

How to take better photos
Turbosquid.

How to take better photos
Full calamari.

How to take better photos
Cephalopod in attack position.

How to take better photos
And you're ready for a career as a #lifestyleathlete.


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90 Comments

  • + 320
 I have missed the first episode: "How to have a friends" :/
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flag ferenooo (Nov 28, 2017 at 10:22) (Below Threshold)
 ????
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flag ferenooo (Nov 28, 2017 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 Should be a ; )
  • + 20
 Bike and both knee pads, that's three right there.
  • + 48
 Step one buy a bike. Step two go ride your bike. Step three say Hi to people on the trail. Step four be a nice person and soon you will have friends.
  • + 15
 @b-wicked: Seems so simple...
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 @paulhaysom: works fine to me oO
  • + 20
 @b-wicked: Or better yet, hang out in the parking lot with a cold 6-pack pretending like you just finished an epic ride. Ask anyone who rides up if they want to share one.

Instant friendship.
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 @b-wicked: bring good beer and snacks
  • + 2
 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • + 1
 @b-wicked: So...i cant just get by with the first one?
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flag YoKev (Nov 28, 2017 at 23:33) (Below Threshold)
 @atourgates:
Lemme get this straight:
Your plan to 'meet' new people consists of laying in wait in parking lots, 'pretending' that you belong there? Do you go the full 9 yards by dressing up like a *real* bike rider (maybe even rolling around in the mud so you can 'break the ice' by telling your victim, errr, uhh 'new friend' about how you just ate shit up the hill a little ways-might even be a good opportunity to get 'em alone up in the trees too),,maybe sprinkling water on your face so you *look* like you just got done riding too?
I'm no relationship expert, but IMO if your 'method' to meet new 'friends' is based on stalking and deception(then feeding them alcohol), you might wanna run your 'plan' by your parole officer(psychiatrist?) FIRST
I get the impression that your interpretation of 'instant friendship' might mean something entirely different to the rest of us
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 @YoKev: take a chill pill
  • + 130
 Good stuff. How about a future episode on how to make steep terrain actually look steep in a picture?
  • + 72
 Impossible sorry.
  • + 57
 Wide lens + Dutch angles + lowered expectations.
  • + 29
 from a side with camera tilted to make it even steeper. than photoshop trees so they are vertical again.
  • + 5
 @trauty: Yup I always check trees first.
  • + 6
 you gotta yell DROPPING IN
  • + 3
 We just might consider that. Without slanted trees.
  • + 3
 @brianpark: all the Dutch angles
  • + 3
 Ask that dude with the video of him riding up the slab in moab.
  • + 1
 100%. Hardest shot to take....especially with an iphone...unless you're dropping Mt. Everest.
  • + 65
 I want to make my friends look slower....you know, so I look better.
  • + 18
 Send em through sketchy rock piles. The squid will always show in sketchy rock piles.
  • + 3
 29 is the only WHEY!
  • + 1
 @mdelorme: Yeah, but I might be the squid!
  • + 52
 Having some dynamic images of yourself to look back upon when your knees are shot, your knuckles are f*cked and reflexes are gone, and your days are spent in a chair looking out a picture window will be so rewarding once you've shuffled back to your room after watching Matlock 3000 with the other residents, your dribble glistening on your cardigan . You'll look at that framed image on the wall of you shredding, and as your arthritic hands instinctively form the horns, you'll whisper under your shallow breath, "fuuuck yaasss".
  • + 11
 ... and as your yellowing eyes drift shut in the early evening, as your nappy is changed and your dentures fizz in a bedside glass, you hear the gentle buzz of your grandchildren's ebikes rolling past outside...
  • + 9
 Get faster friends! Kidding aside, great points
  • + 2
 To be fair, that did seem to be the main point of the video. Or at least make the friends you currently have faster.
  • + 2
 @el-nombre: it's a nice bi-product of the activity. Practice makes perfect, or at least better in most people's case.
  • + 4
 2:41 "..one of the great things taking photos is.. it's a great opportunity to talk shit at your friends..."
Yeah, that's the main reason for carrying the gear into the woods, i know that.. ;-) !
Nicely done!!-even if you may get paid using Sony :-p !?
  • + 7
 I've used Sony for a few years now. AF was slow when I started, but it's bang on now. And my camera bag is half as heavy as my colleagues.
  • + 1
 @mdelorme: Never knew there was something like full frame mirrorless. Seems like the way to go. Why bother with a bulky SLR if you can get pro quality out of a camera body like this. Then still of course, if it is full frame the lenses aren't getting any lighter Smile .
  • + 1
 SLR Camera is at Its end. Mirrorless is the future. Read the new Sony a7R3 reviews. It is super good according reviews. Besting latest Nikon and Canon offerings.
  • + 3
 @vinay: yeah, full frame mirrorless cameras have come a long way. I'm currently using the A9 which is incredible. I'm excited to get my hands on an A7RIII
  • + 1
 Mirrorless is making serious headway; however, G master lenses are anything but compact and Sony bodies keep getting larger. The AF performance has yet to trickle down to affordable bodies as well; you can nab a 7D II for $1k and it will trounce anything mirrorless AF wise at that price point.

That said, it’s only a matter of time before the tech trickles down and SLR no longer has any real advantage, sans maybe battery life and start up lag. I’ve recently ventured into M4/3 and am excited to see what I can get out of it.
  • + 1
 @mdelorme: I was pleasantly surprised when I saw you with the Sony body,
I've followed the "Through The Lens" series and everyone seemed to have Canikon equipment.

I do the very same work locally in Peru and even covered a Pan American MTB/XC in Colombia with my loyal a77ii and a mixture of modern Sony fast lenses and the trusty old Minolta beercan.

We'll see if 2018 pays off so I can make my move onto mirrorless Big Grin
  • + 3
 @mdelorme:
How does that work with the half weight backpack? Sony lenses are in the same weight class as Nikon and Canon gear....

Great Video- thanks!
  • + 1
 @Mimimi: I agree, only bodies are smaller and that opens a new can of worms in terms of handling

it's probably a figure of spech though,

simple or group asignments I could manage with only one body and a couple 2.8 zooms, short and long range, whereas other guys gotta carry flashes, rigs and stuff to match whatever one can do with the great modern Sony sensors and systems

early bodies from the A7 series have the crappiest AF ever in terms of speed with accuracy, which is why I'm sticking to my a77ii with SSM lenses instead of modern plasticky focus by wire thingies. And some of those lenses are actually bigger and heavier
  • + 2
 @ninjatarian: I'm using mostly Zeiss Batis glass with the exception of the 70-200. And the Samyang 35 2.8. keeps the weight in check. The Batis stuff is superb.
  • + 3
 @Mimimi: the only Sony lens I'm currently using is the 70-200. Everything else is Batis primes, which are compact and light, and the Samyang 35 f2.8
  • + 2
 @mdelorme: Zeiss doesn’t often miss. I would love to see your kit when you go out for races and such.

BTW, you took a photo of my buddy and me years ago, and I still laugh at it to this day. It’s been my feature photo since. Many thanks for that!
  • + 7
 More of this!
  • + 1
 Please publish the video article again without the whistling sound in the background. It makes it unbearable to watch. Who puts that in a video where you are supposed to listen to instructions and get inspired? It ruins it all.
  • + 1
 Photographers just see things differently. It is half skill, half natural talent. I can get decent shots, but learned photography with manual cameras when film was expensive. My son and his friends spray and pray. Hand them a SLR and it looks no better than their IPhone.
  • + 2
 Big kudos to all the photographers and videographers out there. Keepin our daily stoke lit by bring us all the good stuff. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur even makes me look good at ECS races!
  • + 1
 Our problem is that everybody wants to ride and no one has e decent camera Smile

So we only have some average footage of a cheap gopro where every steep descent looks like a flat spot Frown
  • + 1
 Remember years ago taking photos for some friends. Me "Ok, ride FAST from here to there and then STOP"... My friend rode from here to theeeeeeeeere... and I took just ONE photo... Next photo was taken 40 minutes later.
  • + 0
 To get a better understanding and to put @paulhaysom his performance in perspective, it would have been nice if @mdelorme first rides that line to show how it's done.

Not to take anything away from @mdelorme, but I think Paul looks equally fast in the picture as he does in the motion picture (video, that is).
  • + 9
 Then it would have been a video about 2 squids trying to one up each other, which may have missed the point. Someone would have ended up trying that gap and gotten hurt. Probably Paul.
  • + 6
 @mdelorme @vinay I promise you I am not fast.

I also promise you I would have gotten hurt hitting the gap.
  • + 2
 I’m using my phone to take pics...cause I’m on a ride. Keep the tips coming.
  • + 2
 Love seeing that Peak Design gear, that shoulder mount is clutch for cameras and GoPros alike.
  • + 1
 The capture is clutch. Works great even on EWS stages with a 24-70
  • + 2
 well if he can make @pinkbike Paul look fast I guess he's knows what he's talking about.. lol
  • + 2
 Will it work qitn my iPhone?...
  • + 1
 Man, these rain trousers look comfy. Any idea what they are ?
  • + 2
 Damn that whistling
  • + 1
 Its a give and take relationship...
  • + 2
 Thanks Matt
  • + 1
 You dont need to be fast with this kind of photographer!
  • + 2
 jumpcuts for the win!
  • + 1
 ride faster.
  • + 1
 Cue Remy Metailler
  • + 1
 meh
  • + 1
 that's actually so sick
  • + 0
 This is more than stupid!!!!!
  • + 1
 land arrow..
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 Wear Lycra!
  • + 1
 ...with...
  • + 1
 Good stuff Matt !
  • + 1
 Thanks George!
  • + 1
 Sweet video Matt!
  • + 0
 This is more than stupid!!!!!
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