When I first started working in my clients homes, I brought a full studio setup with me. This included a black backdrop, lights, stands etc. The effect was great, but I started to feel that all my images were starting to look a little similar. It also started to become a trend amongst professional photographers to have a jet black background. In recent years, I’ve started to look for ways to use my client’s flooring, walls, furniture etc. as the backgrounds. I do this for a couple of reasons, one – it makes the images unique to my clients, and two – it distinguishes my work from other photographers.
This past weekend, while working with Noah, I decided to use some black velvet in a few of my images. I found the effect to be quite dramatic.
Here’s the image that I photographed on the floor. What I like about this image is that you really see a lot of depth. You see the texture in the floor, you see a little bit of the curve of the bowl, which is created by the shadows. You really see the Noah’s hair. The colours all compliment Noah’s skin.
In this image, I simply picked up the bowl and placed the piece of black velvet underneath. Nothing else has been changed, but the image is drastically different. I find that the shadows seem more pronounced. I also feel that Noah seems to be floating in a “black abyss”. There’s not the same depth to the image.
There are pros and cons for both types of photography. It all depends on what you want the final outcome to be. Do you want something high contrast, that’s dramatic, but doesn’t show the same depth? Or would you prefer something a little softer? It’s all a matter of personal preference.
I’m not sure if today’s tip helped a lot but if you have more questions, please let me know! I love to get feedback 🙂