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    I pretend to be learning the basics of photography and there is a thing I can't manage: how do you take a good picture of a unpainted carbon bike? I want to show the carbon fiber patterns and not a big undefined black shape.

    Do you just take the picture on a dark background or there is something else?
     

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    Find a hot naked chick to hold it....that ought to do it.
     

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    I think it will be hard to get the layup to show unless you get in close with a macro, like 12" or less. A black background may not be the best choice. You want the dark values of the carbon to show up against a lighter background. If studio lighting etc. isn't an option, shoot outdoors in natural light. The camera flash acting as a fill flash may be helpful, but it's hard to predict. Sometimes the best light is found when there are thin hazy clouds. Glaring sunlight may not be the best in this situation. If your camera is fancydancy, shoot with a wide aperture, low f stop number to reduce the depth of field. There's a whole to this, so I'd just experiment with a setting, see how they look, then try something different. If you work at it long enough and don't get frustrated, I bet you'll get something nice. Most people don't give it enough time and experimentation and give up. A worthy endeavor!
     

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    1) lighter background will show more contrast
    2) angle of light will allow CF to show up more (think of shining a light directly on gravel vs raking it across the gravel)
    3) longer exposure = brighter image. try to over expose a lil bit so blacks aren't black holes.
    4) add selective contrast after the image is taken.

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    Thanks! Exactly what I needed, I'll experiment!
     

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