Portraits: Black Background

In this project we had to work together to create an infinite background with black backgrounds on manual mode. To take the pictures we had to adjust the camera settings such as, ISO, Shutter Speed, and F-Stop. These settings allowed the camera to take in more light or less light. This would create backgrounds with no shadows and the illusion of an “infinite” background. For the black backgrounds we adjusted the ISO to be around either 800 or 400, sometimes even as low as 200. We also changed the shutter speed to adjust the light setting of our photos. For the shutter speed we adjusted it based on our clothing and if there were shadows or not. The shutter settings ranged from as low as 1/30 to 1/60 (since we already adjusted the ISO).┬áTo edit our photos we went to Photoshop and changed the light settings even more. If we still had problems we would crop the photo. For the black backgrounds we would have problems with the lighting so we had to move the light to be in front of the camera. However, if we took photos that had too much or too little light, we wouldn’t even be able to edit them in Photoshop. This project required us to handle the camera without it being on auto. Below is a picture that I took and a picture of me. You can find my group’s black background photos here.

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