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Old Mar 16, 2009, 9:34 AM   #1
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this is my first black background attempt.. done with a dark blue shirt.. just playing around with setting.. i metered the flash down a bit too much

I know its not great.. but first attempt in a crammed room and a moving gecko

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Old Mar 16, 2009, 9:04 PM   #2
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Old Mar 16, 2009, 9:29 PM   #3
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As to flash photography, I'm not the one to comment. I'm not to great with flash.

I'm glad your having fun with your new toy. It would be nice to see the face to give it some personality, but what do you do with an active lizzard.

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Old Mar 16, 2009, 10:25 PM   #4
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thanks any feedback or comments are welcome i like hearing from you people
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Old Mar 17, 2009, 6:30 PM   #5
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Hey nice shot esp with the effect that your trying to get... I'm the same as Greg as I have a heck of a time trying to work with flash and I've not even attempted anything like that.

It'd be cool if you could say how you set that up and any more pics like that.

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Old Mar 20, 2009, 2:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback

Here are a couple more shots using 2 black pillow cases and natural light plus flash.

Once again these are untouched





This last one isnt as good. She wasnt fired up (when they are "happy" they darken up)

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Are you using the spot meter setting or the averaging??


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Old Mar 20, 2009, 8:00 PM   #8
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I've had some luck in creating a black background without props. You need some distance between the subject and background and bounce the flash, or with an accessory like the Demb attachment that gives mostly bounce, but you can adjust a deflector to provide a little forward light.

The important thing is the distance between the subject and backgound. With the flash providing all the light, it will cut off anything getting to the back wall, especially if you shoot at a light-eatingsmall aperture (for flash shots like this)of something like f8 or f11 or even smaller. Using FP flash at higher shutter speeds will also help you get the background darker.

Here are some recentimages I shot in a room with white walls and used no background but the wall beyond the subject was several feet back..










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Thank you for that. Yes all I do is make sure i have enough distance behind the object to ensure the flash doesn't reach it. I've actually had less luck with just natural light.. weird.
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