The creative exchange.

Lisa at White Cotton Tee has a fabulous blog and each week she has a creative exchange and I thought I would participate with a very useful tip for backgrounds. I normally use a window and natural light when I am photographing but occasionally for a dramatic effect I will use black velvet as it is the most wonderful absorber of light so doesn't give shadows. I use a really old black velvet evening coat and drape it over a chair or a pile of books for height, any piece of velvet will do.  Do check out other creative exchanges.

21 comments:

  1. Hi Justine, beautiful photograph, and thinks for the tip! I prefer natural light too when possible.

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  2. Just the sort of tip I need - I'm never sure about how to make a good background to photograph against and it's good to know I don't have to spend a fortune to try to get as wonderful an image as yours. Will be scouring the second-hand shops for black velvet tomorrow!

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  3. Oh how beautiful - such a wonderful image! And thank you for the tip! Heehee, I feel like scouting for black velvet now too :)

    I also really enjoyed your vivid description earlier of dim sum memories in Hong Kong, made me feel like I was right back there!

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  4. Beautiful flowers. :)
    I'm with you, I like using natural light too ...one of the best places for me to photograph for light being in the bathroom!

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  5. This is fantastic Justine! I usually use a piece of black cotton, but there are times when, depending on the light, it gives me problems, so I cannot wait to try this. These flowers are lovely. Isn't it amazing how long the blooms last? Most of mine bloom in Dec./Jan. which is perfect because it is so gloomy here then.

    Thank you so much for sharing this at The Creative Exchange!

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  6. Justine thats a really useful tip especially as I grow orchids and it would be a wonderful backdrop for taking their photos............. now I need to get a piece of black velvet from the material shop.

    Rosie
    leavesnbloom photography

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  7. This look beautiful.. I love the dark background. Makes it pop.. Hugs, Linda

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  8. Your photo is gorgeous !
    I like this simplicity with the black background it is very beautiful!
    bye :)

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  9. Great tip, Justine....thanks so much. I prefer natural light too.

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  10. Oh, wow - that looks great, Justine! What a fantastic idea!

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  11. wow that is an awesome tip! i guess i need to hunt for some black velvet fabric. i love your photo!

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  12. Wow that is exquisite...the detail in the white flowers is really accentuated by the black background - great tip!

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  13. Hi Justine, this photo is so,so beautiful and "pure". Thanks for the tip,I will definitely try it... have only just started using an old white sheet to photograph my art work against, amazed at how well that woks, I'm just learning all the time...... who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks ! ha Have a great day.

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  14. I've always wondered how you got your amazing black backgrounds. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. what a great tip....
    a black velvet coat sounds like a scrumptious thing to own.

    love how the purity of the orchids is the one and only focus in this gorgeous photo.

    well done.

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  16. Simply elegant...this is just amazing!

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  17. Gorgeous composition - I have never tried used a black background. Thanks for the tip!

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  18. In love with this photo!
    And thank you for the tip, sometimes I struggle with light so next time I will try using this trick!

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  19. So lovely! You've inspired me to try the black velvet--thanks!

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