Baby on black back drop

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  1. andrewrozell

    andrewrozell TPF Noob!

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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    To have something appear black, it has to have less light reflecting off of it, than the parts of the photo that you are exposing for. The first thing to start with, would probably be to get a non reflective material for your background. Black velvet is great for this. It also helps if your background is significantly farther away from the light, than your subject is. This isn't so easy with babies though.
    If you can restrict the light so that it's hitting the subject but not the background, this will also help.

    Of course, setting your exposure carefully is important.

    Lastly, touching it up with software is also quite common.
     
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    I did this for my own son when he was about a month old. This is the poor man's way of doing it: I wore my husband's black button-down shirt backwards, to hide the buttons). Then I draped a navy blue sheet across my lap. I put my elbows together to form a cradle and a friend put my son in my arms. We had regular house lighting. After the shots were taken, we went into Photoshop and changed everything to B&W. I then outlined everything but his head and my arms, and then darkened them to get a uniform blackness. I also blackened my watch that was sticking out. See examples below...

    http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll174/epynapple/IMG_2366.jpg

    http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll174/epynapple/Jaydenbw1.jpg

    And good luck!
     
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    Same with my pictures of my newborn son.

    I had a black background, wife dressed in a black velvet shirt, and made sure there was enough light on the baby to underexpose everything else.
     
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    If you look closely you can see the rest of the arm going to the left where it hasn't been completely 'shopped out. ;)
     

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