How to take photographs of Flowers with Black background? || Camera Trick OR Photoshop work

Few days back, again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.



***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all. 

So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shot. 

If we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to shoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouched.

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.

Above Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of results.

Below is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers...

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.

So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate article.

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.

An Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :-

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.

This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below -

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.

Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable results.

Achieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :-

This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame.

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.
 Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.

Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower. 

Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.

Today again one of the photographers pinged on Facebook and asked about the way people click Flowers with black background. Followed with the statement, he was curious to know if it's Camera Technique or Photoshop Work. Since he understands Photography well, if put it in right way. Otherwise most of the times, people think that all such magical things can only be done in Photoshop :)... Today we shall have deep dive into the process of creating such photographs which show colorful flowers with Black Background...***Before we start, let me clear one things that we are not talking about use of Flash at all.So there is no simple answer to this question. At times, it's very easy to shoot your subject in a way that you best utilize the light and background of the flower. At times, we need to adjust our position in such a way that you get appropriate background for this kind of shotIf we go by basic principles of Photographs, what kind of lighting condition can be helpful in getting this type of photograph. Of-course, something when your flower gets most of the light and background get least possible light as compared to the flower. This is possible when there is harsh sunlight, your flower is facing sun while leaves behind the flower are not getting light and in fact under the shadows of main flowers. This is one of the ideal situation to hoot such photographs. Now, when I say this to people next question comes - what should be settings? Of-course, this is nothing different from shooting other things. So settings can be applied in your own way by deciding Depth Of field you want. So the photograph shown below is the one shot with Camera and has no Photoshop work. Even the sharpness of leaves is not retouchedAbove Photograph was shot around noon when back of this flower was well lit against a brick-wall which was under shade. The light difference between the bright pink flower and dark brown wall was so high that on underexposing the photograph, I got this result. At the same time, photograph was shot in Manual mode by keeping Metering mode as Spot-Metering. Tripod was used to click this shot and I am sure you can see the difference. So above photograph shows an example where appropriate lighting and right way of clicking photograph was enough to get this kind of resultsBelow is Classic example of Photoshopped results out of a very normal shot of Flowers..So above photograph was achieved from the photograph shows below, which is a below average photograph. So here Photoshop Power was used to get something interesting out of a very casual photograph. Although above photograph is over-processed. 'How this can be done in Photoshop'  can be covered in separate articleAn Example which shares thoughtful photograph which was clicked with an idea of further processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This one is one of the favorites, which is processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But of-course, photograph clicked was correct in terms of exposure settings and desired Depth-of-field was achieved. The trail effect with appropriate focus on frontal petals make this photograph more beautiful. The Original Shot used for processing can be seen below Above Photograph was clicked in such a way that post-processing could give a black background in final results. It was quite easy and basic. In above photograph I have sure that I get darker shades in the background. I moved a bit towards right so that dark red toned pot comes in the background. Why I did so? It becomes quite easy to process such photographs in Adobe Camera Raw dialog or Lightroom. There is control called Blacks, which starts reducing threshold of dark pixels in a photograph. Which means that darker shades of photograph will start converting into Blacks as we move the slider towards right. If we don't take care of such small things, such results can be achieved in Photoshop but needs lot of efforts. Above photograph was processed in 5 minutes, while in a bad shot may take more than 1 hr to get reasonable resultsAchieving Partial Black background using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :This is a casual shot with basic processing in Lightroom. Here vignette is applied to the photograph after cropping. Quite simple, but the same effect may not look good or natural in other photographs. All processing in Lightroom and Photoshop depends a lot on colors you have in your original photograph and overall distribution of tones across the frame. Flower Shot with partial Black Background, but hardly processed in Photoshop to get this background.Above photograph is hardly processed and such results are quite easy to achieve, by positioning yourself in such a way that background gets least light as compared to Flower.Some average photographs of flowers with Black Background. Here Photographs had partial black background when they were clicked and later processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 can be extremely useful in getting better results for such effect, but at the same time Photograph should be clicked correctly.

A Quick tutorial about Black Magic in Adobe Photoshop Elements can be checked at - http://photoshopelementsbyadobe.blogspot.in/2010/03/black-magic-of-adobe-photoshop-elements.html

Please feel free to comment back with your specific queries around the same and we shall try to improve this article further.  

6 comments:

GvSparx - Inspiring Love said...

Interesting post. I have a question. Can such results be obtained from a camera that lacks spot metering?

VJ Sharma said...

Yes.. You need Manual Control.

VJ Sharma said...

Even if Manual Mode is not there, Exposure Compensation would be your friends in Aperture and Shutter-Speed Mode.

Vishal Rathod said...

Nice information . Thanks for sharing ,
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RAN IN JAN said...

thanks Sharma, few of my misconceptions are cleared . thanks once again

Arpit Rastogi said...

Thanks for sharing :)

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