What do you think about black background?

posted on 13th of august, 2007

Recently I have read several materials about using black background. Not a long time ago, I have tried to take photos with black background.

For example in case of this image of children´s hand protected by mother´s hand.

What I like about the black background the best is the simple and obvious fact that one doesn´t need to pay attention for shadows. Wonderful! Because the question of shadows (for example when they are too hard on light background) makes me upset. Black background resist much longer usable. White background is much more sensitive to any kind of dirt, even if one pays attention as much as possible.

And yet, I must say, I don´t use the black background as often as white (or colorful) backgrounds. Why? I do believe that the reason might be because the stock photography requests much more white (or light) background. The black background looks more artistic, in my opinion. And perhaps more serious?

The materials I have read made me think about the black background a lot. I have it of course, but it lies down under my other kinds of backgrounds. Maybe it is a question of time when black background will be again in “fashion”? Or maybe it is used and requested and I am instinctively attracted by images with light background as I really love light pastel colors and use them in my images?

What about you? Do you like black background? Do you use it often or rarely? Maybe your bestseller-image is exactly with elegant black background. I wish you good luck and inspiration for photos of such kind!

Comments (10)

Posted by Starblue on September 03, 2007
This your answer makes me feel still more that black background is much prefered by artist, like you - creating artwork for theater. It sound very interesting, I wish you a lot of successes! While white background is prefered by designers working for magazines. I personally have minority photos with black background, but those ones I like for a special artistic, even a little mystical atmosphere :-)
Posted by Francine1040 on September 02, 2007
I lprefer black backgrounds, but they pose a few problems in my line of work. I create artwork for a theatre. A black background costs more to print on a traditional poster. Black backgrounds make it harder to work with stock images, but I still like the look. And some people think the whole thing looks funereal. But I like the look.
Posted by Shecodes on August 20, 2007
I personally prefer white isolated images, since most of my webdesigns are white. However, there are a number of web designers that build with a black background in mind.
Posted by Starblue on August 15, 2007
I really like the lobster over the black background and I muast add one thing - it so more interesting and beautiful with water drops. The water drops makes the image great.
Posted by Mailthepic on August 15, 2007
[imgl]2922347[/imgl] I would agree with tonygers it pretty much depend on the subject and the mood you want to create. This is one of my latest upload
Posted by Starblue on August 14, 2007
Hello, Frenk and Danielle, IMHO, also flowers are great with black background. I have made a pink lily with black background and it turns to be so elegant... however as I said, the black background looks to me more serious... not depressing.
Posted by Dnf-style on August 14, 2007
I guess black backgrounds are more difficult to isalote objects from since shadows are the way to get depth into any image but is also thje same color as the background, in this case. Most photographers make sure, when shooting on white, to avoid overlighting 255 on the subject and therefor make it easier to isolate. I guess this makes a white background more interesting for any buyer that needs to isolate an object.
Black backs are in this case only used by us when the feel of the photo benefits from it. So if looking for a depressing feel or when shooting low kay nudes. Since nudes are not among the best selling stock photographs we are keeping these from stock ans sell them as art.
Posted by Starblue on August 13, 2007
I agree that black background makes a wonderful contrast with the photo "subject". Perhaps it is the reason why I consider it more artistic
Posted by Tonygers on August 13, 2007
I would think it would depend on the subject and the feeling your trying to create? This is something I really need to learn about.
Posted by Kenneystudios on August 13, 2007
I have found that using a black, or other colors, for a background can add to the photograph. If you are looking to take photographs of objects that can be embedded into future creations, white definately works the best, since it is easier to crop around a high-contrast edge. However, images where you wish to capture strong emotions or thought concepts can be greatly enhanced by a black background, or other colored background that contrasts with the image at-hand.

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