How to get blacked out backgrounds?

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  1. Big

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    I was just wondering how to get a shot like this. I'd love to be able to do the same thing using my brother's hands and my niece's feet. Is this something you need a studio for or can it be done on the spot?

    Thanks!
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    It can be done any time, any where.

    Read up on the 'zone system'.
     
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    Should have probably mentioned, I'm using a digital p&s. Don't know if that makes a difference.
     
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    This isn't something for the auto modes.

    If your P&S has manual controls, it should be fairly straightforward.

    SLR is the way to go though...
     
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    Auto? haha what's that? It has manual and I know how to use it pretty well now. As far as SLR...... soon I hope...

    I don't know a whole lot about flash and bouncing it off reflectors or other things like that but this is something I'd really love to learn to master.
     
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    To get a black background all you have to do is underexpose it (duh).

    3-4 stops underexposure will make it completely black. All you have to do is make sure that the subject will be properly exposed at those settings.
     
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    Thanks man, I think I got it (maybe) Gonna go play around some more. I want it to come out perfect when I really try (this weekend) Took about 3 practice shots and got close to what I was looking for. Practice makes perfect!
     
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    This is one of my first attempts. I think it's decent. This may be something I could really get into. Luckily I had something really black to use as a background in the practice shot but I'm gunna have to think of something to get the shot I'm looking for. I'll definitely post the final shot sometime soon now that I know how to do it! This forum kicks a$$!

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    In the case of the first shot it's actually use of lighting. By controlling exactly where your flash light falls you can end up with a black background.

    My hint given you have no lighting setups (I assume) rely a bit on photoshop and masks. So increase that exposure of your hand by 1 or 2 stops to actually make it look like it isn't simply too dark, and then photoshop the background down by 2 stops to make it black again.
     
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    I knew it was probably done with a lighting set up. I am looking for that "soft" light effect the picture has. Mine seems to be more of a hard light with no dispersion. I'd like the hands to be able to get it to glow (not sure if that's the right word) in a soft way so it has a nicer feel than a harsh flash.
     
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    It was most likely lit by a large light source like a small softbox or an umbrella. You can achieve the same effect by firing a flash through a thin piece of paper a short distance from the flash head.
     

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