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    Invisible Black Backgounds

    Invisible Black Backgounds
    Here's how to create an invisible black background....watch the video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO9Zy8m3cxw



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    re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    Only real issue I can see is trying to do anything more than a portrait/bust (in that contrasty style)- it would take A LOT of lights and a LOT of snoots.
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    re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    Watched the video but don't understand the point. Have I missed something?
    are you supposed to take the second shot as a second exposure on top of the first all black one ?
    if not what's the point ?

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    re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    Quote Originally Posted by wornish View Post
    Watched the video but don't understand the point. Have I missed something?
    are you supposed to take the second shot as a second exposure on top of the first all black one ?
    if not what's the point ?
    The first shot (without the flash) is a demonstration that the ambient light is so underexposed (in manual setting 1/250 s and f/16) that it creates the black image. Then, we turn the flash on and take another shot. Background is not affected by the flash, as it is not illuminated, so it stays black. But our subject is illuminated and if the flash is powerful enough, it will create enough light to have a portrait against the black background.
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    re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    The flash has to be powerful enough to exceed the daylight. Larger studio lights are frequently used outdoors. This will be easier indoors. The flash will have normal (much more) range and versatility if it does not have to overpower the sun (or even a gray day), to be seen. If the background is made black, there is no reason not to do it indoors. One difference though is that outdoors can have a more distant background (to avoid being lighted), and note the flash is not aimed at the background. An actual black background indoors can help a lot.
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    re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    Brilliant thanks for posting. I sure learnt something from it. Going to go and try it this minute.
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    re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence View Post
    Brilliant thanks for posting. I sure learnt something from it. Going to go and try it this minute.
    Show us the result

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    re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    Invisible Black Backgounds
    Quote Originally Posted by siamthai1 View Post
    Show us the result
    Sure.

    Note how sharp the entire black background is - I guess because of the high (narrow) aperture.

    Invisible Black Backgounds-black-background.jpg

    In all seriousness this was an awesome "Ah ha!" moment for me whereby I realised that mistakes should be viewed as a learning curve as in:
    "OK what did I do to get that result, and how can I apply the same technique to create a different shot? In other words how can this improve my knowledge of photography?"

    Just saying ...
     
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    Re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    That is cool, can't wait to try it later!

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    Re: Invisible Black Backgounds

    Quote Originally Posted by sonicbuffalo View Post
    Here's how to create an invisible black background....watch the video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO9Zy8m3cxw

    Chris, thanks for sharing... interesting twist!

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