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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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