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jp80 Aug 20, 2005 4:36 AM

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could you please give me a tip how to achieve the black bakground like on this picture?

thank you


spacedz Aug 21, 2005 12:53 PM

I'm no pro but I'd guess you'd just turn off the lights, shine a light on the baby and then take without flash.

jp80 Aug 21, 2005 1:59 PM

Hi spacedz,

thank for your comment. lets see what others say


schmiedel Sep 6, 2005 5:43 PM

It just looks like spacedz is saying. If you check the black background, you can see some shadows...

Now, if you use this techique, you need a quite "warm" lighting, and since this will not be too powerfull, you might need a good aperture setting, a not too long shutter speed and maybe higher ISO settings, the last one might not work OK on a P&S camera because of the noise that's generated when you increase ISO.


hgernhardtjr Sep 7, 2005 6:56 AM

Dark room and/or background, properly lit subject as already stated by others ... or use PhotoShop, layers, and careful computer work.

willax Nov 22, 2005 5:01 AM

As above but you can do it ouside (morning/afternoon)place subject in soft (sun)light have dark doorway,wall or whatever in the shade as background

jaypeg Dec 21, 2005 12:19 AM

Whats your current settings for the picture??

You could try this, use a faster shutter speed. It will effectively darken background.

adnanbh Apr 18, 2006 3:14 AM

If the baby is sleeping, it might stay very still. Using 2sec shutter with a tripod under low light may help

kenmck15 Apr 18, 2006 5:22 AM

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i would say if ur using lighting put main light on left side and fill ight, slightly lwer intensity on right side and further back. Try get the baby as far away as possible from back wall. Try to use guides to keep light from flooding to the back of the room. Use a wide aperture to miniimise dof so backing is out of focus. Snap the shot.

Then use photoshop to adjust midtones which should decrease visibility further of backing but make sure not to go over board


heatherland Jul 1, 2006 6:28 PM

are you using a black background prom! i know whe ni do my dd's i use a black background and i have natural light and it turns out great!

Wingman Jul 15, 2006 3:26 PM

Get in real close (a zoom lens works best here, and use a small apeture); I have found that this technique keeps the subject illuminated but renders the background black.

JohnReid Jul 19, 2006 4:08 AM

I use a two metre sheet of black material that an assistant holds about a metre behind the subject (this works with any subject, flowers, bugs, still life, babies, portraits, ect), then I will underexpose the scene by a stop, whether using natural or flash light.

Later in the Raw convertor, I'll tweak the exposure and shadow settings to render the material completely black.

This is generally best done as a low key lighting technique. The opposite can be acheived with white material and over exposing by a stop.

Hope that helps.

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