The other day I watched a video on how to create a black backdrop without having a black backdrop! Now this is nothing new and many photographers have done this but I thought I would try myself and see what my images would come out like. Knowing how to do this can be really useful for making photos look like they are shot in the studio when they are actually just shot on location, and in this case they were just shot in my garden. Another good thing about this technique is that you can produce professional studio quality photographs with really no kit. There is no need for expensive lighting equipement and the technique itself is very simple.
The set up: 1 Nikon SB-900 pointed at the models face (held by my brother)
First you expose your shot without using a flash. You want this shot to come up completely black, so shoot on the lowest ISO, and as fast as your flash sync speed will allow, this is usually between 1/200 and 1/250. From there adjust your aperture until you get a completely black photograph. The next step is simple, use your speedlight, set the power accordingly, generally with the speedlight’s you will have to use full power because of the very little amount of light coming into the camera. And from there you just get creative and move the speedlight about until you get the shot you want. Here is what I managed to get:
Now after seeing what I have managed to achieve get out there and shoot!