The style that I tend to gravitate towards as a photographer is moody with deep contrasting colors. If you’re like me, then creating an invisible black background is your next project.

A technique that I used to capture these photos is called SQIBB, which stands for Studio Quality Invisible Black Background.

It doesn’t look like it, but these photos were taken in a well-lit room. I adjusted my camera settings to create an invisible black background behind my subject.

I used an auxiliary light source with a snoot diffuser close to my subject so the light wouldn’t leak anywhere else.  In post I darkened some areas that were too light and highlighted my subject to create more contrast. You can use this technique with portraits, product photography and even with food photography.

Emily Russell - Invisible Black Background- Abraham Lincoln- black and white photography

Emily Russell - Invisible Black Background- Copper cups

Emily Russell - Invisible Black Background- Native American- headdress

Emily Russell - Invisible Black Background- Native American- headdress-set up