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Flowers on black background – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #32 Flowers on black background

This week is about exposure compensation. How to get that nice black background when shooting flowers. Of course there are other ways to do it besides using exposure compensation. But to me it’s easy and a valuable lesson on black vs white backgrounds.

I was shooting in aperture priority. This is a great setting when aperture is the most important. Today I wanted to get a sharp picture and not have a shallow depth of field so I went with an aperture of f/22. Then I simply adjusted my exposure compensation to underexpose by -1 stop. Play with that you might need to go 1 or 2 stops to get a true black.

When the camera sees all that black, the light meter in your camera wants to find the average middle gray of 18%.¬† You have to tell the camera, no I don’t want a gray background I want a black background. To do this, use your exposure compensation! To really understand exposure compensation be sure to watch the video below, one of the best one’s I have seen on exposure compensation!

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Here is my set up –

Black  card stock in the background
Flower a few feet in front
camera on tripod
natural light coming in from the window (If using a light source make sure the light is shining on the subject not the black background)
Set exposure compensation to -1

If the background had been a white I would have over exposed by 1 or 2 stops to make sure I ended up with a nice white background.
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This is an excellent video tutorial that explains exposure compensation. One of the best I have ever found that talk about exposure compensation.

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!



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2 Responses to “Flowers on black background – LBD Photography”

  1. This is fantastic information! Terrific video as well. Many of my photos feature flowers or other objects with a black background, but I never analyzed exactly how I do this as I tend to shoot by the seat of my pants. Now I have a better understanding of how this works.

    My backdrops also include my husband’s black t-shirts…..whatever is on hand, but you’re right, the key is not to have light shining on the background.

    Posted by Kristina | August 9, 2013, 11:40 am
  2. Thanks Kristina!

    Agreed black t-shirts make excellent black backgrounds.

    Posted by admin | August 9, 2013, 12:33 pm

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