Strobist Tutorial: Dark Background Portrait (Low Key) – Off Camera Flash Photography

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This is an off camera flash / strobist tutorial of not to make the background of your image completely black using flashes, even though you are in a brightly lit area, or you do not have a black backdrop. This is called LOW KEY LIGHTING. The concept is simple. All you have to do is set your exposure so that your image is completely black. Do this without even touching the flash. Once you do this, you can add the flash in. Try to put the light close to your subject, and have a narrow beam to avoid spill into the background. In this video, I start off with one flash for a dramatic look, and add a second flash for more separation. The gear used in this video are: Canon 5D Mark II Canon EF 24-70 f2.8 L Yongnuo YN560 Speedlight x2 Yongnuo RF602 Wireless Flash Triggers Subscribe for more, thanks! LINKS: TWITTER: www.twitter.com FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com FLICKR:www.flickr.com CAMCRUNCH: www.camcrunch.com CAMCRUNCH videos are filmed and editted with Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Canon EF 24-105 f/4 IS L Canon EF 50 f/1.8 Canon EF 17-40 F/4 L Zoom H1 Recorder CamerCanon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch Adobe Premier Pro Dark Background Portrait Strobist Tutorial (Low Key) Dark Background Portrait Strobist Tutorial (Low Key) Dark Background Portrait Strobist Tutorial (Low Key) Dark Background Portrait Strobist Tutorial (Low Key)

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Danny Molyneux says:

Excellent! Thank you.

CamCrunch says:

I narrowed the beam of light specifically so that it didn’t spill onto the background. I go like the look of softer light though. Thanks for the comment!

CamCrunch says:

I have a lot of light stands. How would I have put a light stand where my bed was? 😛

AlHADI SHAMSAWI says:

great comment.. but hey.. u have ur high end gears… why dont spend some of ur money to buy extra light stand? 😉

lho2000 says:

interesting, but ofcourse it works a lot less if you tr to have some softlight as that getsspread around much more

Aaron Stratton says:

Hey man… I’m just starting to learn about off-camera lighting and I want you to know how much I appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from you in a very short amount of time! Thanks so much!

CamCrunch says:

It’ll be harder, but same rules apply. Maybe sure that your exposure is dark and keep it at the shutter speed you want to work with (depending on your frame rate) . You’ll need a really strong continuous light, and you’ll need to be able to control the area that it hits.

DAHdeeism says:

Good job, man. Thanks!

petenicezz says:

Hello, do u know if this could be done doin a video n what light can be use. Thx

TheShkippy says:

Great job! Love your video.

CamCrunch says:

Thanks! Glad this tutorial helped you get the result you wanted!

CamCrunch says:

Thanks!

Lokesh Bhavsar says:

Good explanation .. love ur tips

petenicezz says:

Hey, i just try this and it work just like you said. I been trying this out from other tutorial and most of them were older people and it wasn’t working. Once I watch yours with the speed lite it diffidently works, thnx again, ill be using this for my photo shooting.

petenicezz says:

hey, thanks for showing this video, i’ been trying black background using low key and still can’t get it , but i’ll get after a lot of practice, thanks again.

Lawrence Clark says:

Thanks. What do you think about the canon rebel t4i?

CamCrunch says:

Thanks!

CamCrunch says:

Yup!

Lawrence Clark says:

Can u use these flashes with the canon rebel t4i?

buchi1130 says:

wow! F**king awesome dude!

Amir yousefi says:

can you do this by using your camera only ?

CamCrunch says:

Thanks, Omar!

CamCrunch says:

Thanks for watching!

Omar Didgmen says:

This is an amazing. thank you for sharing.

ko jack says:

wow thanks…

CamCrunch says:

No problem, Marco!

marco vegas says:

thanks dude :D

ptlofts says:

I am now. 🙂

CamCrunch says:

Are you part of the facebook group?

ptlofts says:

wait a sec. ive seen you logo on facebook.

tehsheri says:

Zoomed to 80mm, at the lowest setting – 2:55

CamCrunch says:

Thanks!

damaged2 says:

I’m subscribing, that’s was well explained. Thank you.

CamCrunch says:

You’re welcome! 

CamCrunch says:

Thank you!

CamCrunch says:

Thanks!

CamCrunch says:

Thanks! I’m pursuing a degree in graphic design, but who knows. I might end up being a photographer 😛

BrooklynShooter says:

I hope to see you doing big things in photography in the future…. 🙂

gfarey says:

Nice video.. very professional, well done.

AndyCrutt says:

Excellent tutorial

CamCrunch says:

I don’t quite remember.

Danny Briones says:

hi bro, may i know what settings did you dial for the power of the flash

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