black background, you accentuate even more detail in your black and white photos.
1. Black ClothingAsk your subject to wear black clothing to the photo shoot. Black clothing will further enhance black photo backdrops and help to bring out rich detail in your subject. For example, a close-fitting turtleneck or long-sleeved pullover will work.
2. Light PositioningPosition your photo light according to the number of subjects and their placement in front of your backdrop. Place your main light about 3′ from your subject at a 45 degree angle position. Place the second light at your subject’s eye level. If your subject’s hair color is dark, construct a separation between her and the studio backdrop. Direct the light toward her hair, up toward the top of her head. You will need a hair light for each subject with dark hair in the photograph.
3. Black & White Camera SettingsSet your camera to black and white to see the preview of the shot and ensure that there are no shadows. If there are shadows, move your subject closer to your photo backdrop.
4. Editing SoftwareUse editing software to test for and remove any shadows left over from the photo shoot. Airbrush the photos with your editing software tools.
5. Solid Photo FrameInsert the photographs into a monotone frame to highlight the timeless visual impact and present them to your client.
How do you prepare your set up for black and white photography?
-Backdrop Express Photography Team
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