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Old Jan 2, 2004, 9:50 PM   #1
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Default Would like to take certain kind of photo, but don't know how

Hello guys 'n gals, I need some advice as to how to take a certain type of photo. What I would like to do is to take a macro shot of an object and have the enitre background completely black or completely white, no shadows, nothing. How can I do this and still keep the objectg well lit? Btw, I'll be using a Nikon 950. Thanks.
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Old Jan 3, 2004, 6:56 AM   #2
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Put the object on a distinct colored background, for instance blue. But you can also get creative. If I want to have an object against a flat black background I drape a dull black cloth on a chair and place object on top. For planned white background I rather use a with cloth.
This way the messy jpeg boarder of object (where object transit to background) is in same tint as planned background.

Backlit the object with a simple flash torch. and use daylight for main light.
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Old Jan 3, 2004, 6:30 PM   #3
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Another possability would be to setup the scene with the object close up (for the macro) but with the background further away. Then take the picture in low light and use a flash. The flash will light the subject but not the background (because it's too far away) and the background will come out black.

Mathilde uP's solution is probably better, but mine would work...

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And you don't have to put the background too far back... 5 feet is probably enough to make it come out black.
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Old Jan 3, 2004, 7:29 PM   #4
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I've never had success with black backdrops. I have never found truly "Dull black cloth". For me, black cloth or other material, invariably has flecks of lint/dust that seem to want to reflect quite brightly under flash or studio lighting conditons.

I've had better result with white or grey backdrops; then you can easily make the final background color and texture pretty much what you want in post processing with minimal fussing about.
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Old Jan 3, 2004, 7:47 PM   #5
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Jawz, maybe there is sort of hidden rule "Better equipment requires better technique?" ;-)
Sure it can be done perfect with studio light and or camera flash but I don't think the originator of the question is at such specialistic phase (otherwise please specify subject of macro photography)

I have good results with simpel dull paper or suede and daylight or a table lamp. But then I edit the image afterwards, hence my comment about jpg artifacts on border of object.
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Old Jan 3, 2004, 8:25 PM   #6
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Eric, your suggestion sounds good to me. Hopefully, if I get the object far enough away from the black it will work. The object I'm photographing is a glass hand-blown marble. I'd really like to keep reflections on it to a minimum, so I want to try and avoid using flash.. Is it possible to get white shots like this with no shadows at all? Or is this the result of photo editing? http://www.dpreview.com/articles/son...lroundview.jpg
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