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May 25, 2019 06:00:12   #
RichLacey wrote:
Look for those fuzzy, rolled black blankets found everywhere for $1.99 (Found mine at Walmart, got the queen sized)


Not a bad idea for introducing a prop type look to the photo,would look good with cats I think.
 
May 25, 2019 05:58:36   #
bsprague wrote:


This is very similar to the background I just bought secondhand for £8.50 online but mines thicker,( haven't seen another like it so no idea where it came from originally ) will post picture of the item and it's results when it arrives.
Graham
May 25, 2019 05:55:47   #
Kozan wrote:
High speed sync works very well for creating a black background, even outside in daylight. (If your camera and speedlight have HSS capability.)


I find this most promising info for outside,yes both camera d7100 and flash Yonguno 685 has HSS ,but alas I,m not at a level to use it yet !!!🙀😿
May 25, 2019 05:52:25   #
May 24, 2019 13:09:12   #
vertigo wrote:
I found the best at theatre supply places--no sheen like velvet and absorbs all colors of light including infrared--comes in wide sizes. Not the cheapest but not the most expensive either.


Hadn't thought of there thanks.
May 24, 2019 13:07:42   #
Thank you all for the advice and links most informative,I have just bought second hand a solid thick black 2 Mt square professionally made photo backdrop for £8.50 ! Just cannot go wrong for that price.
So I,m hoping as I cannot move the subject far from the background to to space confines,that between the black backdrop and using the info about aperture etc etc I can drum up what I want.will post when I get the time from my caring role and co operative putty tats to shoot a few photos finally !!!
 
May 24, 2019 05:51:54   #
R.G. wrote:
Black indicates an absence of reflected light, which in turn means that the light is being absorbed, not reflected. In other words anything black absorbs light. Matt black will avoid the problem of reflections from shiny surfaces.

The cost of any material does not necessarily reflect its light-absorbing qualities so you may well find a cheap material that does a fine job. I suspect that the distance doesn't have to be pronounced before the background-darkening qualities are sufficient, just far enough to avoid direct illumination.
Black indicates an absence of reflected light, whi... (show quote)


Thank you your replies,most informative, I have some black advertised material coming will post what that produces with different lighting set ups.
Graham
May 23, 2019 13:17:11   #
domcomm wrote:
Black velvet works best. Used it in my studio for many years.


Is that just bog standard black velvet? Is that as good as advertised photographic black backdrops ?
Graham
May 23, 2019 13:15:18   #
Blenheim Orange wrote:
No backdrop is needed to get a black background in an image. If there is nothing close behind the subject, the flash will light the subject and not the background.

Mike


I accept what you say and the others all valid comments I am after black,but my problem is I simply don't have room to move subject far enough from the rooms natural background to get it black completely,hence I asked for the best material to go black or absorb actual light,I have just found something on eBay the seller says is black AND actually absorbs light,is that possible?
It's not cheap so would rather know if not to save my money for something better !
May 23, 2019 12:04:35   #
Hi all,
Advise/suggestion from you flash guys and gals out there,as to what's the best/reasonably price backdrop where I desire the darkest / black effect
G
May 23, 2019 12:01:17   #
Chris T wrote:
Graham - is Matilda - the Siamese you are seen holding, in your Avatar?

If so - the darkness you've achieved - is that what you were going for? - makes them two different cats!

The camera, however - is not to blame. The Nikon D7100 is an extremely capable camera. You did good!


Actually I have just re read this comment as old brain didn't register what you said NO, I am holding Lilly and she has passed sadly,this is Matilda a completely different colour and cat.
I was aiming for the black background but not the unexposure and flat look,however I was sort of expecting that,next time(s) I will be bouncing and or softboxing umberellaing !! is that a word.?
I know it was deffo operator error not the camera,s ha ha 😏I
G
 
May 23, 2019 11:56:48   #
Chris T wrote:
That's good, Graham. Life should be savoured … NOT Rushed …


In my caring role life does seem a rush that's of no direct benefit to myself 😿
May 23, 2019 11:55:51   #
Chris T wrote:
Unlike other models you may wish to photograph, Graham - Matilda's time - is YOUR time … okay?


Very true ha ha
May 23, 2019 08:56:39   #
Chris T wrote:
They do, don't they, Graham? … Some of the best pussy pics I've ever seen.

Not to demean your own work, Graham … but, you have to agree - a little on the dark side - right?

However, that said - I should point out - the Nikon D7100 - is standing you in GREAT stead - is it not?


Hopefully I shall get somewhere near them ,eventually !!!
Yes it is dark on the cats coat for certain versions 2/3/4/5?.. will improve I,m sure 🙀
Yes the camera is producing the goods its all down to lighting,though I know I haven't got it right YET !!!
G
May 23, 2019 08:54:01   #
Chris T wrote:
Okay, Graham - take your time … no rush!!!!



No rush left in me !,,,😿
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