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Using Dark Backgrounds for Stronger Photos

By Chris Corradino on August 04, 2015


The New York Institute of Photography is the world’s largest online photography school, and because we are, we often publish fun and useful photography tips. Please enjoy!

Using Dark Backgrounds for Stronger Photos

When searching for photos, look beyond the actual subject to see what’s behind it. A good background can make all the difference. If the area behind your focal point is bright and distracting, the main subject will be lost. By working to incorporate a darker background into the composition, your subject will really pop. While this may not be an overly technical approach, it can be used to create professional quality captures.

The actual background doesn’t have to be black. In fact, heavy shade is the perfect way to get started. The trick is to find a subject in bright sun while the area behind it is in shadow. By exposing for the main subject, everything else will get darker.

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About the Author

Chris Corradino is the head of the photography mentor program at NYIP. Just like all of our mentors, he is also a professional photographer. See Chris’s photography lesson from last week for more.