The Invisible Black Background 2.0

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: September 24, 2020

Category: Tutorial | Videos

Wednesday just gone (23rd September)  I presented a LIVE broadcast / webinar on behalf of Park Cameras and Sony.

The webinar was hosted on the Park Cameras Facebook Page (LINK) and in it I went through my Invisible Black Background technique, which if you didn’t know is a way of using your camera and your flash so that when taking pictures indoors or outdoors it looks as though you had a black background set up…when in fact you didn’t; it’s such a cool technique!

The webinar was just 30 minutes in length and you can check it out in the video archive on the Park Cameras Facebook Page using this (LINK)

As always if you have any questions please make use of the comments section below and I’ll get back to you, and if you do give the technique a try I’d genuinely love to see what you come up with.


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  1. briandunkelphotography

    In my living room I have light grey walls that act as a huge reflector bouncing light everywhere whenever I try this. Thought about purchasing a grid for my Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-S, but don’t know if it would 100% solve my problem. Any thoughts on this? I did purchase a black background for my Westcott X-Drop that gives me a very similar look.

    • Glyn Dewis

      Hi Brian

      If you’re in a small room with walls as you say then yes a grid would certainly help you to direct the light so you reduce the chance of reflections. Failing that if you do have the ability to use the black background then I’d use that to save any issues; the IBB technique is for when you don’t have anything or don’t want to set anything up.

      Hope this helps


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