Excellent Tips for Taking Black Backdrop Photography

Black backdrop photography is a classical one and it can create a dramatic effect. In the backdrop photography, you can wear dark colored clothing that retains the powerful feeling of the portraits. While photographing, someone wears dark clothing in front of a dark background that can result in the look of a floating head or shapeless blob.

The important thing in taking pictures with black background is not a black cloth, wall or background. The face is the undisputed focal point when taking pictures in black clothing against a black background.

Here are the excellent tips to take a picture with a black background.

Black Backdrop Photography

Setup Portrait

Do you have control over your lighting setup? If so, creating black backgrounds will be the easiest one. As well as, if you have the ability to manage your setup, you will have to do minimal post-processing.

First, you have to do is to create a black or dark colored background that will make things easier. Ensure that your background does not reflect any light. Plastic sheeting or shiny surfaces are not the good one, because those will reflect light.

The portrait setup is only natural light hitting the subject. It will reduce the jpeg as in the original RAW file, but the background is muddy and getting towards black. It is not pure black. Using natural light, if you take an outdoor photoshoot with black background, you can position your model close to an open door or window

Moreover, you need to have enough space to separate the model from the background. If it is very close together, the light on your model and on the background will be similar.  So, you want more light on your subject.

Use Lighting to Create Separation

Creative lighting can be used to create contrast. Like oblique lighting or side, lighting can be used to show detail. The major benefits of using creative lighting are to get the details in your subject’s hair or clothing to create separation between the person being photographed and the background. This process can be completed wither natural light or off-camera flash. The illumination helps to create a clear separation between your model and the background.

Control the light and exposure

The photographer should control the light and exposure in an ideal situation. The most important thing of portrait photography is having your model’s face well exposed. If your background is not enough, you have to do is,

  • Move the model and light source closer together
  • Raise the light output of your strobe, flash or continuous light
  • Move the background away from the light source into a darker place.

If your model is light-skinned or light-haired, you can easily separate from the dark background. On the flip side, the darker skinned model or those with dark hair will need more light.

Moreover, black backdrop photography depends on how you can see the light. Every photographer should look for when there is more light on the subject than the background. These tips will help you to make your model stand out.