Polish tech company Orbitvu has introduced Bike Studio: a robotic, automated studio that makes cycling photography a piece of cake. While it doesn’t eliminate the photographer like some other solutions we’ve seen, it makes it a lot easier for them to shoot and process images of bikes, and any accompanying gear and attire.
Bike Studio is equipped with a bike suspension system. It allows you to hang the bicycle in the studio, spin it, and take 360-degree photos for a web store. You keep full control of the process through dedicated software. And once you’re done, you can use the same software for automatic background removal.
The Studio software controls all the necessary settings during the session and in post-production. You can save everything as templates so you can use the same settings for another shoot. Other than bikes, the studio is big enough for a model to get inside, so you can photograph cycling clothes and accessories, too.
The lighting system features six LED light sources and 12 individually controlled light zones. The software lets you operate the double-segmented backlight, top lamp, narrow lamp, and wide lamp. The maximum amount of total light you can get is 190,000 lumens.
Bike Studio is equipped with Orbitvu Motorized Camera Stand which allows you to control the camera directly from the interface at the operator stand. You can tilt, zoom, and control the camera distance and elevation.
While Bike Studio is built particularly with bike photography in mind, other automated products from Orbitvu are less niche-specific. Still, I guess you could photograph other accessories and attire in this one, too. If you’re interested in trying it, you can read more about it in this brochure. And if you’re curious about the price – well, you’ll have to ask Orbitvu yourself.