Hi Folks…How goes it?
It sure was great last week to receive so much positive feedback from my Invisible Black Backdrop technique that Scott Kelby very kindly shared over on his Google+ page; such a simple technique and yet so effective:
Looking at it, the technique is made up of just 2 parts:
- Set your camera to it’s lowest ISO, Maximum Sync Speed and then choose an Aperture that eventually gives you a completely black picture.
- Bring in the flash to light up your subject.
- If you’re using this technique indoors be aware that once you introduce flash, the light might end up bouncing off light coloured walls which will then light the room up and so destroy your black backdrop. My advice when using this technique indoors would be to restrict where the light falls by using such modifiers as a Honl Speed Grid or a Lastolite EzyBox, or ‘close down’ your reflective umbrella.
- If you’re using Speedlights outside to do this technique you may find that if you’re doing it in the middle of a bright afternoon your cameras aperture (f number) will have to be set so closed down (eg f/22) that your speedlights won’t be powerful enough to light the sensor. The answer here is to find a covered/shady area or better still wait for the sun to ease off a little. This technique can be done in the middle of the afternoon on a bright sunny day but that would call for alot more powerful lighting to be used which in turn would cost alot more money.