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Cristina Navarro
 

Newborn Pictures - Black Background


Since it's all the rage - how do you get that black background where it seems as if the baby's feet or the mother's hands, etc. are just emerging from the darkness? What type of backdrop is needed for those type of pictures?


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9/19/2005 8:41:42 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Use a light absorbing black background (something that isn't shiny) and place the baby well away from it.


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9/19/2005 9:16:35 AM

 
Liza M. Franco
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I used a large piece of black fabric and then cut a slit in it. The father remained behind the backdrop and put his arm through the opening. I then had someone assist him in getting the baby positioned. I would advice putting something soft below the baby like a beanbag. I've never had a mishap, but also want to be prepared as babies are squirmy.


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9/19/2005 1:07:11 PM

 
Cristina Navarro   Thanks Kerry and Liza. That's what I thought. Do you know what fabric might work best? Does Velvet work? The advice about something soft below is great!


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9/19/2005 4:59:54 PM

 
Liza M. Franco
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/26/2004
  There are certain types of velvet type fabric that will work. Mine is some sort of velvet that was under $4.00 per yard. Usually velvet type fabrics come in 60" widths. The problem with this type of fabric is that sometimes you will get lighter areas from the sheen. That's why Kerry's suggestion is importrant. If I do get shiny spots on the background in my portraits I can usually use the burn tool on them in Photoshop and make them turn black. The clone tool could also work. I find that the burn tool works better if I have to get close to the subject because it won't cover the subject like the clone tool if I get to close to the subject by accident. It will only darken edges of my subject. I found that this works great around areas with hair. It is so hard to clone around hair and have it look natural.


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9/19/2005 7:24:08 PM

 
Cristina Navarro   Thanks for all the wonderful advice!


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9/23/2005 8:59:24 AM

 
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