Master Creating Invisible Black Backgrounds Anywhere Or Anytime With This 2 Minute Video


[ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS] How To Create A Black Background No Matter Where You Are Without A Backdrop

Black Backgrounds are super easy as soon as you know the secret with only simple changes to your camera settings. I remember the first time I learned how to increase my shutter speed and aperture and create a black background in the middle of my hallway. I thought it was just amazingly cool.



Absolutely is above sync speed, but also notice image is cropped from orginal on back of camera. I tried to pause the video to see the back of his camera, but it is covered to quickly with the finished photo, but notice how the lower and top of her head are cropped out where black band would begin to show. But then again he shot portrait style so the band would be on the sides, and the sides are cropped way way in! Either way the technique works great, and you dont need to turn your shutter speed up above sync, think equivalent exposure, ISO down, speed 1/200 maybe get away with 1/250 unless you have high speed sync capabilities and just close down on it. But like every technique it is not basic 1 2 3 from start to finished portrait. Work it, but always make it better!

How could I achieve the same invisible black backgrounds at say an indoor concert, photo of a single subject, taken from the stage, where the only lighting is from the stage lights and no flash allowed? I’ve seen it done, but can’t for the life of me can’t seem to figure out the settings to create the result! I’m using a Nikon D5100, Tamron XR Di2 AF 17-50 mm F/2.8 in full manual mode. I’m no pro but I sure would like to see the results I’m looking for. Thanks in advance! 🙂

High-key lighting is a style of lighting for film, television, or photography that aims to reduce the lighting ratio present in the scene. This was originally done partly for technological reasons, since early film and television did not deal well with high contrast ratios, but now is used to suggest an upbeat mood.

Jeff, I’m betting if you set your shutter to it’s sync speed then compensate by closing your iris and increasing the output of your flash you’ll get the same results.

This is cool I’ll try this with my students tomorrow. I’m not sure my 5D MKII will synch at a 350th but I’ll give it a try. If not I could probably pull it off at a 250 and if need be close my iris and just the output of the flash. Thanks for sharing.

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