Photography Technique: The Invisible Black Background (Video)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 21, 2013

Category: Videos

Hi Folks,

How’s it going?

Ok so if you’re a regular reader of this site you’ll have heard me mention about a photography technique I call the Invisible Black Background.

It’s basically a technique that shows how you can use your camera to create pictures with black backgrounds and a flash to just light your subject; giving the impression of being in a studio but being able to achieve it anywhere…indoors or out.

It’s been great to see that the written walk through I originally posted has proved to be so popular and even grabbed the attention of the New York Times in 2012 [Link]

For today though I’ve a video for you where I’ve recorded a short tutorial showing how to do the technique; recorded during the lunch break at my recent Dynamic Duo Workshop.

Hope you like it…

A Couple of Points to Note

  • You don’t need PocketWizards…Any way to trigger the off camera flash will do i.e. Infra Red, Pop Up Flash as Commander etc…
  • You need a modifier that directs the light such as a closed down umbrella, a softbox, grid etc… and that also gives the lighting effect you’re after (soft, hard)

Examples Photos
Here’s some example photographs taken using the Invisible Black Background technique where on some I’ve used 1, 2 or more lights…


  • Be sure to check out my original Invisible Black Background post where I wrote down all the steps [Link]
  • And, check out the follow up Questions and Answers post [Link]

Right that’s all from me for today so have fun giving this a try and as always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to make use of the comments section below and please feel free to share this with folks you think would like to see it too.

Have a great day and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.

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  1. gary nicholls

    Posted this straight on my facebook wall mate….nice job, even with the “spink”

    My whole office crowded around my screen !

  2. Kamil

    Thanks Glyn

  3. henrymaxm

    Love this tutorial, really digging it.

  4. John Ryan

    finally got the right setting on the flash, I use a Lastolite softbox. The pictures came out great. Thanx Glyn

    • Glyn

      Superb…nice one 🙂

  5. gf

    all the links are broken! 🙁



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