How to Photograph Black Objects on Black Backgrounds

The following is excerpted, with permission, from the article “Understanding Light Control—Photographing Black on Black and White on Whiteby photographer Zach Sutton, editor and frequent writer of the Lensrentals blog. Read his article in its entirety here.

Before we dig into the nitty-gritty finesse of photographing black on black, we must first have a principled understanding of how both white and black reflect and absorb light. If you’ve been in a studio before, you may have seen a few V-flats lying around. These large pieces of foamboard may be unassuming at first glance, but

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