H.I.M – ‘Pure Black or White Background’
How It’s Made (HIM) – Short and Quick guides on how the image was made so that you can go try it out for your self too!
3 Easy Steps on How I Achieved this Pure White Background. (no additional/special equipment required)
Step 1. Find a source of bright or white background. In this case, I used a large window where it was a bright and sunny day and lots of light falling through.
Step 2. Camera Settings. Turn your camera to “Spot Metering”. Take a picture of the scene to get it to capture a close to blown out or completely white scene. Adjust Settings Accordingly, Lower Aperture Number to Meet your needs or Lower Shutter Speed to a desirable speed for what you are capturing, iIncrease ISO speed. (In my case it’s a still subject hence I used ISO 400 f/4.0 1/60s to get my background almost completely ‘blown-out’)
Step 3. Place object in front of source, focus frame and capture!
3 Easy Steps on How I Achieved this Pure Black Background Image. (no additional/special equipment required)
Opposite to the Pure White background now I want to capture a background which is completely dark.
Step 1. Find a black back drop. Or in my case, I captured the black background in-camera it self. To achieve this, simply set your camera setting ISO to its Lowest possible on your camera, ISO100, Aperture to a High value f/11.0, and Shutter speed to 1/250s (in my case, is the highest value it will sync to my flash)
Step 2. Introduce a light source, if possible this light source should be controlled. This is in order to not have light “spill” onto the background or places you do not intend for it to light up.
In my case, I simply introduced my flash gun firing from the left of the image.
Step 3. Frame, Focus and fire away!
There you have it, basic and simple steps on how I made my first pure white and pure black background. Time to get creative messing around with objects and light sources.