Cutout Photographs for VO2 Cycling
These beautiful, bespoke racing bikes were a challenge to shoot being shiny black, but looked terrific. I always worry about shiny black as it reflects so many unwanted highlights. This time I blacked out the studio completely and put a huge blackout between all the equipment and the bike too. Making everything behind the bike lit and everything in front of the bike black gave a good high-contrast, starting point. From then, the acute side lighting and black card was reflected onto the wheels and gears to bring out the details.
I took a series of close up shots of the beautifully engineered details too. Using a macro lens and by replacing one of the soft boxes with a spotlight I could make the metal parts sparkle.
For more details about the bikes see the VO2 Cycling website.