On Black Photography
24 Aug 2009
This series was inspired by photographer Elfreida Fulda, a flower/nature lover that you may know here at JPG!
I love the way objects look on black with morning or evening sunlight... They pop off the screen and the colors are incredibly brilliant.
First off find a non reflective black surface, preferrably a black cotton or muslin material. I use a black cotton t-shirt attached to cardboard.
I prefer to shoot during the evening when the sun is heading far west for maximum color and contrast effects. By using side-lit subjects and placing the black cloth behind the object, make sure the material is leaning away from the lighting so it is shaded black and not picking up any light from the sun.
I usually hold the item as still as possible or if it is still attached to the plant/ground that is even better... you can always get a bucket of sand to stand the object up as well.
Shoot a couple shots, composition is important here and also that your camera is not facing the sun...no sun flares on the lens.
Post process is simple, just bring the exposure down a bit to give it deep blacks and a bit of color boost, not much though or it becomes too saturated. I will occassionally go into full resolution and remove any jpg artifacts from the blackness and save...
I really enjoy these images and they are very classic framed in black with a white border/white matting...Plus, they are hot in the markets!! They Sell!