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Lighting Black On Black

This is a shot I took a couple months ago for a training video we were shooting for PSU.  I thought shooting the black dress on the black background would have a lot of impact. The key when shooting a black object on a black background is to create separation from the background. The best way to create separation from the background is creating highlights on the black dress. This was accomplished by placing two edge lights behind the model at a 45 degree angle. See lighting diagram below.


The Set Up:
Main light – 4′ x 6′ softbox
Fill – 4′ x 6′ silver reflector
Edge lights – 1′ x 4′ soft box


The lighting set up.


2 thoughts on “Lighting Black On Black

  1. What a stunning image. Love it.

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