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EASY: How to Shoot and Edit Impactful Black Background Photos (Phone or Camera)

teacher avatar Simone Ferretti, Professional Photo/Videographer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to Black Background Photography

      1:33

    • 2.

      Equipment needed

      3:07

    • 3.

      Set Up

      3:20

    • 4.

      Settings and Shooting

      5:53

    • 5.

      Adding Extra Lights

      7:12

    • 6.

      Shooting Using a Home Neon

      2:30

    • 7.

      Split Lighting

      4:00

    • 8.

      Top Lighting

      3:08

    • 9.

      Back Lighting

      2:51

    • 10.

      Editing with Desktop

      18:01

    • 11.

      Shooting with a Phone

      3:09

    • 12.

      Editing with a Phone

      5:35

    • 13.

      Shooting without a Black Background (full process)

      10:59

    • 14.

      Conclusion

      1:35

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About This Class

This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about the pre-production, shooting and editing of impactful black background photos, also called “infinite” black background photos.

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Why This Course?

I think that this type of photography is incredibly impactful and eye-catching. People think it’s very difficult to shoot and, especially, edit this type of photo. However, it’s exactly the opposite: super easy and almost no editing is required. In this course, I show how you shoot amazing black background photos with your camera or phone.

Is this course for me?

No prior experience in photography or editing is required. This course is designed to teach everything you need to know about pre-production, production and editing process with both mobile and desktop. It is suitable for beginners and intermediates who wish to learn and improve the quality of their black background photos.

Do you need expensive gear for this type of shot?

Absolutely not, everything you need is just a camera or smartphone and a strong light source. During the course, I’ll show practical examples using certain techniques that can be applied to any scenario.

Are you qualified to teach this topic?

While I used to be a commercial videographer for brands, during the first lockdown I started teaching photo/videography tips on TikTok,  Instagram and YouTube where I now count almost 1M followers among the two platforms. In less than a year I was able to transform my passion (photography) into a profitable full-time job, which is now teaching photography and social media.

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Simone Ferretti

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I'm an Italian professional photo/videographer based in London. My passion for making videos started when I was more or less 10 years old. Since then, I've been focused on improving my skills every day. Born and raised in a small village in the north of Italy, I moved to Hong Kong in 2017.

My never-ending eagerness for creating content and an increasing need for eye-catching, short and impactful videos allowed me to start getting some small gigs on the side. In 2019, I moved to London to study business while working part-time as a professional videographer landing projects with worldwide famous brands such as: Google, Intel, Vivo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, The Ritz-Carlton and many others.

During 2020, after accomplishing a Guinness World Rec... See full profile

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1. Introduction to Black Background Photography: Have you ever seen these super dramatic cooling part for backpacker and photos? Well, let me tell you a secret. They are super easy to do. And this class, I wanted to show you how you can take your own black background photos, whether you're using a camera or just a phone. This type of photos helped me get through where I am today with more than 1 million followers combined between TikTok and Instagram. Because as soon as you show the photos, you're extremely powerful and usually people love it. So it's going to be a very fun class where I show you everything that you need in order to take this type of photos in different scenarios. I'm going to show you how to set up your camera and also your phone so that you can take your own portraits, are taking portraits of other people. We're going to have a look at the right settings at different setup are and how you can move the light from left to right, and how you can add multiple lights to create even better photos. We're going to try to add a few effects. We're going to talk about split lighting. We're going to talk about backlighting. We're going to talk about different types of effects you can create with one or more light as well. And you know, the coolest part is that you don't even need to have a black bag going to take these types of photos. It's all about the setup. And also throughout the class, I'm going to show you how you can take the same exact photo with different types of lighting, e.g. using lighting they have just in your house. It sounds crazy, but usually you don't have to have this type of photos because if you do everything right with this setup, then the background will look already dark with some soft shadows. But I'm also going to show you how you can enhance your photos in post-production on both desktop and mobile. So without further ado, you in the next video. 2. Equipment needed: Hi, and welcome to the first video of this class right now. And we're going to talk about the equipment that you need in order to take this super cool traumatic black background photo. And we're going to start with the first end. Quite important thing. This is a black piece of cloth like this one that you see right here. Now, let me tell you already that this is not absolutely necessary, but it will make your life much easier throughout the class. I'm going to also show you how you can take the same exact type of photos but without having that piece of black cloth. However, in case you don't have a black cloth, you need to have a very, very strong source of light. And Jess, you need to have a very strong light that you can use to then have it very close to yourself so that we can adjust the settings, the camera, or the phone so that we expose correctly our face and everything else will look dark. But don't worry, I explain you. Everything, just makes sure to find some sort of lighting that you can use to take this type of photos. I'm going to use a big 4600 by not let as a main example. And I'm also going to show you another example using a medium that you can find in your home. But eventually you can also go for some cheaper alternative, like some Amazon cheap notebooks that I use quite often at the beginning of my career. Then another very important element in case you're alone and you want to take your own self portraits, or also in case you don't want to move too much is a tripod. So your camera or phone should be on a tripod in case you are on your own. This is very important, otherwise it won't be possible obviously. Then one more thing that you might need in case you're on your own, a some sort of remote shooting. This could be e.g. a. Phone. If you have, let's say, a Sony that has an app that allows to control the camera with a phone like I do. Or you can use remote controllers so that you can shoot directly photos from where you're sitting. And then another kind of person would be to have a flipping screen or your camera, or an Apple Watch, or some sort of watching kids, you're using your smartphone so that you can see and shoot directly from your first. Or you can have also an external monitor attached to your camera so that you can see yourself while you're taking your self-portraits. Obviously all these things are not necessarily in case you are at a photographer, so you are shooting the model and you are able to control all the settings of the camera. Then one more thing that you might want to have, and I'm going to show you lots of example or actually RGB colors, e.g. this one is not like little act five. C is a very small pocket light. They can assume lots of different colors. This is not necessary, but it's gonna be extremely useful if we want to add more effects to our black background photos. Or you can have big panels with RGB lights as well like this one. Then now it's set to blue and is illuminating the background and a little bit of myself right here, or also like this one, which is a pump tube goodie x by non-life, you can have smaller tubes. You can have different types of lighting. Anything that you want could work in case we don't want to add more effects apart from having this strong key light source. And that's it in case you want to change clothes and put something fancy or something that might represent you, then you feel free to do so, right? I'll see you in the next video. We're going to talk about the setup of this black bag portraits. 3. Set Up: Now we're going to talk about the setup. And this is extremely important because if you manage to get the setup right, that is gonna be extremely easy to shoot these type of dramatic black bag on portraits. And the first thing that you need to take care of is actually using the longest diagonal that you have in your room. Right now. I'm shooting in a garage and I'm pretty lucky because I have around five to 6 m that I can use. So what I wanna do is that I want to try to stay at least two to 3 m further away from the background. And this is because my background is already black. So it's much easier in case you're not using a black background as we're gonna see later in the course. We'll have to stay much further away. If you really want to make this portrait with that background without editing, then the next thing that you want to take care of is actually setting the camera. And this case will have to be on the opposite side of the background based on where you are. So let's say if the background is there, then you hear than my camera will have to be in front of myself. And the position of the camera actually depends on your lens and camera. So right now, I'm using a 55 millimeter F 1.8, which is a medium length, is not too long, is not too wide. If you're using a long lens than your camera will have to be further away from yourself. If you're using a wide angle camera and lens, then you have to be very close to yourself. 55 millimeter is a focal length and I actually love, and I love also this lens because it's super small. But the portraits, they look absolutely right. So in this case, let's say I'm going to set the camera, probably is gonna be two to 3 m further away from myself. But then I'm going to check this with the app that I'm using to connect the camera to my phone so that I can see the exact framing. Or if you have a person that can help you set the camera and send the framing that is even better. Or the last alternative, if you don't have any of these two, then you'll just have to do some Charlotte error is going to take awhile. But if you're going to get there, so let's say I'm going to put the camera on Probably right there. But then in the next video we're going to talk about the settings. So right now we don't have to be too precise because we need to take care also of positioning the light. Throughout this class, I'm actually going to show you different types of lighting on how we can move the key light and eventually also use additional lights. So afterwards we're going to use a second and also a third light to then create even more dramatic photos with some super cool effects. So for the first example, we're just going to use a very classic Rembrandt light. This means that my light is going to be 45 degrees towards myself, a little bit higher than my island. The goal is to create a triangle on the opposite sheet comparing two where you have the light. So let's say I decided to sit here that I'm like 2 m away from the background, then my light will have to come from this way is exactly where it is right now. Maybe I can have it closer right out of frame in case I have a very powerful light. In case you don't have a match powerful light. Maybe you have a knee and maybe you have an Amazon cheap softbox or something like that, as we'll see later. You can also have the light in-frame and then we're going to remove it. What some postproduction, whether you're using a desktop or a mobile, we're going to see all of the alternatives. Alright, I'll see you in the next video where we're going to talk about settings and also shooting the first example. 4. Settings and Shooting: In this video, we're going to actually have a look on how we can set the camera properly and also take the first photos. Once you positioned yourself, the camera, the light, and also the background, then we can actually start turning gone delight, and then do all the adjustments that we need to make. So let's turn on this light. There you go. Now it's extremely powerful. Let me adjust the camera, okay, now that we've got this lights on, then the next thing is actually trying to adjust the framing of the camera. Okay, so now I linked the camera to my phone so that I can adjust directly the settings to make sure that we're taking the photos right. Also, I have a flip screen on my Sony A7 four, which is extremely useful. So they can see myself. And obviously I can notice that I'm not perfect and frame, so I'm just going to move it in manually. Caught. Now I just did the cameras so that I'm sure that the frame looks great. And also I can see it from my phone. Next thing is actually adjusting the settings. Once again, adjusting the settings is not something that is universal because it really depends on what type of light you have right now because I have a professional life, this is a force of 200 by net-net with a 90 cm softbox. This is a very strong light. I have set it to 100%. In this way, I'll be able to shrink down the shutter speed of my camera so that everything else will look dark. So here's the concept. Again. If you have a very strong light, you'll be able to actually adjust the settings of your camera so that everything else will look dark by exposing the subject's face. Let's say in this case, when I take portraits, I always like to keep the F around 1.8 or 2.8 if I can, if I have a lens that allows it because the portrait is just going to look great. So I'm going to keep the F18. And then what I'm gonna do is then I'm going to try to adjust the shutter speed so that my face is exposed correctly and see if everything else will look dark. I'm just going to move the shutter speed. Let's say like this. There you go. Okay, I think this is fine. Is one-four hundredth. Okay. That looks fine. And that as we can notice, are ready. Everything else looks dark so you don't see the background. You don't see anything that is going on route. This is because I adjusted the exposure to my face and this is the key. And it's going to be the key also from when we're going to use the phone afterwards in order to have the focus right? You have different options depending on what camera you're using. And in this case, I'm just using continuous focus where the eye tracking, because the A7 for allows that and it's amazing if you don't have that option, usually I was using the small flexible spot or you can use the white also, continuous focus so that you want to make sure that you are in focus. Obviously, even this one, if you don't have top quality camera, it might take a few trial and error if you are alone and if you don't have someone that can help you take this type of photos. But if you are a photographer and you are the one controlling the camera, then obviously it is so much easier. Alright, now we're gonna take our first photo and we just connect. Keep the hatch tray towards the camera. Would the light 45 degrees, make sure that the lightened this case is out of frame, like so. In case you're using a smaller and less powerful light, then you can also keep it in frame. Are we going to see this later? And then whenever you're ready to just shoot a photo. And there you go. We already have our first photo when a completely black background. And as you can see, it's been super easy. It's just really about having a strong light and also adjust the camera settings. But let me tell you that this is not all because you can add a lot of different variations depending on how you move this light, how you move multiple lights, if you can add more, if you can add colors to, then create even more dramatic photos. And I want to show you how much the total changes by simply moving to life a little bit more in the front are a little bit more on the side. So let me just move this one a little bit more on the side. And I want to show you the result. I'm just going to take another photo. Cool, because I move this light to wash the side of my face, then we're going to have more of a split toning effect. That means that one side is going to be very bright and the other side is going to be very black. So depending how dramatic you want the photo, then you'll be able to actually move the slide a little bit more on the site or a little bit more in the front. Let me show you what happens when you actually move it towards the front. There you go, just write out a frame and then eventually I can also move my face to Dan, change how dramatic the photo will be in this case, I'm just going to have a look at the light directly and see the result. There you go. Now, I evenly lit because I'm looking directly into the photo. So if he's on the side, obviously one side is going to be darker if it's just tray on top of myself than my face will be accordingly at the same time, what can happen is that you can move a little bit higher or a little bit lower the light. What happens is that if you keep the light a little bit too low, then you're going to have a very flat face. Now the light is higher than my island. Therefore, when we look at the photo that we just took, we can see that there are shadows here, e.g. if I move on the opposite side, then you can see some shadows also on my opposite side of the nose and also in the eyes. And this is more natural. It's more like, let's say professional. If we move this light exactly in front of myself, then we're not going to have any shadow because the light is going to come also here. And this part is going to be lit as well. So this is not extremely professional. You always want to create some sort of conscious with shadows and highlights in your portraits. Alright, now that we took our first photo, then we can start adding more lights. And we're gonna do this in the next video. 5. Adding Extra Lights: Now one of the parts that I liked the most and we're going to add more light to our photo. So this step is actually not necessary, but I think it makes a huge difference because adding more light simply allow us to separate ourselves from the background and actually having more depth in the photo. You can use any any any sort of lighting that you have at home or e.g. I'm going to show you where this little light, five C, which is a basically the pocket like that, it fits in your pocket. We know problems is RGB lights or you can put any color that you want. Then we're going to use also a bigger panel just to show you an also a tube. So this is a power tube 30 x, you can use a success, which is a much smaller tube. You could use a 15, which is a half of this one, or even this one. It doesn't really matter. Anything would work because these will be just secondary light. So we're not going to use full power this panel because we don't need that. But just to show you now, the first thing that you want to use whenever you are adding the second light is actually having it on the opposite side of the killer. So if our key light is coming from this side, then we want to try to have another light coming from the opposite side. So let's use this panel. In this case because our light is white, I'm going to use a contrasting color. This slide is actually 5,700 Kelvin. So this is a white cold light. We're going to use a yellow warm at 2,700 Kelvin right now. So let me just set it up. Okay, this is already yellow. It's a little bit too strong, so I'm just gonna decrease it a bit. There you go. And then I'm going to position it right on the opposite side. And now we can see that there is this part are ready that was not there before, but it actually creates separation from the background. It's kind of like adding an extra layer our photo and he's always pretty nice and especially because they're contrasting color. So even afterwards when we are going to use some different colors, then you always want to try to understand if two colors will look good together. Now I connected again the camera to my phone so that we can see exactly what's happening. I'm just going to remove on the site this poverty tube k Then mixture that the LED panel is out of frame. I want to make sure that also touches my head. So the direction is supposed to be also touching here, is, if it's too low, we can make this one a little bit higher, like so. Then let's shoot a test photo. Okay, that's pretty nice, but I think he's not strong enough. So let's increase the power of this. Day. You go. And boom, that's pretty nice. So we have that contrasting color. If you want to make you stronger and you don't have a powerful light, you can always try to have it owed a frame, but closer to yourself for a member, the more distance you have to your life, the less powerful they're gonna be. So let's take another trial. Now, what we could do eventually, instead of having a yellow color, you could also add a different color. And now I want to try to use maybe a bluish kind of maybe we can use also agreeing Anything would look right because this is just a white light. So we're going to try to maybe put TO, let's try to put teal. Alright, This looks fine. Just going to decrease the strength. There you go. I just want a touch of blue right there, the back. And then let's try to take a photo. Alright, that's cool. I actually like quite a lot the blue. But then let me show you one more thing. Let's say you like this one, but then you want to add one more light than what you can do. We can try to use this little like five, maybe put this one on yellow and actually have them as three-point lighting. So let's have a triangle between the key light, the one that is called fill light on the other side and also maybe a backlight on the back. So let me turn this on. Let's say it's in maximum power at 2,700 Kelvin. So this is a little bit yellow. And then we're going to put it on a small tripod. Go and we're going to position it right here, the frame. And then we're going to snap a photo. There you go and write out what we have is a key light in the front, figure, light that is blue. We can change any color that we want. And also another light on the opposite side towards the back that acts as a backlight. And then this case is yellow and it's pretty small. The same thing could have been done also using a palette tube. So let's try it out. We're just going to turn off this one. Put it on the side. Alright, let's try to use a poverty tube. In this case, we are going to use it as a hair light. So I'm just going to use the color red because I like red and blue. So let's just have these. We're going to put them at around 80%. And I'm gonna see if I can fit in just right here. Even in the frame is not a problem, but we can try to edit out of frame maybe. So I'm gonna just make it a little bit higher. There you go, change the direction towards me and see if we can see anything. Alright, that's not enough. So I'm just going to increase power k. There you go. Yes, we see a bit of a spread. And then that is coming from this side. Let me have it maybe here, and then we snap a photo. See what happens. That's cool. We have that touch of red that is not bad. Or eventually you can also change yet. Have it closer to yourself, and then we're going to retain it so that it's actually in the front. You can come into frame is not a big deal because we can remove it very easily, or otherwise we just leave it out of frame. And there you go. Snap a photo. That's nice. I like that quite a lot. You can do a lot of trial and ever you can move them around, see which kind of angle you prefer you like the most, which one is the most impactful? And then decide. So let's map another photo. Cool, I like it, That's it. Alright, as you can see, you're going to have a lot of fun with three lights. You can add even more, but I think that's really the sweet spot. Just having one in the front, one on other side and one in the back that acts as a hair light or as a backlight, let's say. I'll see you in the next video where I'm going to show you how to do the exact same thing, but using a needle that you can find in your house, very common. 6. Shooting Using a Home Neon: Now it's time to show you how you can do the exact same thing but using ammonium and the fun part is that the process is exactly the same. The only difference that we have with the different types of lighting is that we need to adjust the camera settings and make sure that our background still stays black. The concept is that because this neon is not as powerful as my force achieve hundred, then I need to have this one as close as possible to my face. And is it also okay if this one goes into the frame, careful you just need to not cover your face. So if I have this one, as you can see, very close to me than the light, obviously the stronger. As soon as I move it further away from myself, this slide becomes weaker. That's why we need to keep it very, very close to ourselves so that we can adjust the camera settings accordingly and still have the black background as we had it before. I'm just going to hold the knee in on my knee and then with the hand I'm just going to move it until it's like as close as possible to my face without actually covering my face. And then even in this case using it as a 45 degrees type of light. So we're going to try to illuminate both parts without having to Gianni split lighting like so. There you go. So in this case, just to give you a reference, I'm ISO to 51 point 8.1 out of 400. Let's take a different type of photo. We can always look at the light as well. Okay. And there you have it. But you could use naps and as you can see, the process is exactly the same if you want. You can also add all the other lines that we just saw. Different color, a different position, three-point lighting is exactly the same thing. So let's see with having also a backlight. And there you go. We got it. Now. Now the problem is that if you use this one in frame, then you have to remove it somehow. But don't worry, because it's super easy to do on both mobile and desktop. And I'll show you the editing process and which app you can use one of the future videos. So I'll see you in the next one. 7. Split Lighting: In this video, we're going to have a deeper look where the few examples on split light, as we've seen before, split lighting is simply tried to divide our face when one color and the other. It could be white and it could be dark on one side. It could be maybe blue and it could be read. And to do this, obviously you just need to RGB light can be any type of lighting. And once again, I'm going to use just this panel on the right and a cube on the left. But once again, you can use anything that you want, whether it's small or big, it doesn't really matter. Also in case you don't have any RGB light. You can also buy gel like this one. You can find them anywhere into your super cheap. You can cover the light. So you have in your house or the one that you have maybe in your bedroom or anything that you want just with different gel so that you can have different colors. And it's super simple. In order to find the best combination of colors, you can use loads of different methods. One of the easiest solution in case you don't have any knowledge in colors, you can use tools online that allow you to actually find e.g. complimentary colors. This case, complimentary colors mean so they are simply on the opposite side of the color wheel. And we can use e.g. red and green, or maybe blue and yellow, or maybe teal and orange, e.g. let's try to have it and maybe green and magenta. So I'm going to change the color of these LED panel into maybe cream. So let's use this one. There you go. Like that. And then maybe let's change and use this tube as a red color. Okay, There you go. Now here again, the concept of simply having your face split in two parts. So one color and the other on the other color, this could be also eventually 45.45. That means 145 degrees in the front and the other 145 degrees in the back. And this effect would also work because as we mentioned before, having one color and the contrasting one on the other side. So let's just have a look at the normal splitting. So in this case, you want to adjust either the settings on the camera or you can also decrease the brightness of the light that you have. So I'm just going to go here to crazy. Maybe it went to 6%, that looks fine. And also remember that the closer this trunk or if it's too strong, you can move it a little bit further away from you, like so. And then once everything is ready, then you can try to snap a photo. Go listen up another one. And that's it. Now, let's try another example. We're going to change the color and maybe use a different one. So let me see what we can do here. Let's see, let's do teal and orange. So I'm just going to use orange right here. And in the tube we're going to select a deal. Okay, that looks good. I'm going to move it a little bit towards myself. And then maybe this one is a little bit too greenish, little bit more blue. And whenever you're ready, you're going to snap a photo. Cool. Now let me just show you the same examples are having one night 45 and the other 145, but in the back. So we just move these two. And then we're going to snap a photo right now. There you go. It changed completely the photo simply by moving 45 degrees, both light. And this is also why super interesting this effect, because you can play around with so many different colors with having one key light and then a backlight or maybe just on the side and so on so forth. I hope you enjoyed this video and I'm gonna see you in the next one. 8. Top Lighting: This video, I want to show you how you can create another very cool effect that is called top lighting. And obviously as the name says, it's simply about having a light that is right on top of you. Some people also call it Butterfly, but depends up to you. What I'm going to use is just these two. This is a pub or tube 30 x, but not like you can use anything that you want as long as it's higher than your island and it doesn't go in your camera. This is very comfortable because they can just pop it up like this. And there you go. If it's still in frame, then I can try to lift it up a bit. Now, let's live it in like this. And you go, I'm just going to have it very, very close to me, even if it's in the frame is not a problem, it's gonna be very easy to actually remove it in Photoshop or just using Lightroom Mobile. So we have this light, we can turn this one off if you want it, but I like it, so I'm just going to keep it, it doesn't really matter. And then I'm going to snap a photo. Alright, that's cool. I love this type of lighting, to be honest. There's one more thing that I want you to notice, and it's super important. Based on even smooth movement of your face, your eyes will be more clear or even darker. So depending on what kind of effect you want to achieve, you can move actually your chin a little bit up, a little bit undecided. And this will change everything because consider that the light is coming obviously from the top. So if I look at the light, then the result will be completely different compared to before. Let's just do one photo. There you go. You see how I am and how good the lighting is. The reason why this one is really good is because allows to have a very tree dimensional face by increasing the shadow in this part. So the higher is the light than the most shadows you're going to have in this part under the chin, because obviously the chain is coming out, so the light is coming here, then you're going to have a big shadow here. And it looks good. One more thing that you can do with this type of lighting is actually having one more that is in the bottom so that illuminates a little bit more right here in case you don't like debt dramatic effect. We can use any sort of lighting. We're just going to use these five stages. We're going to set it into white as well. So 5,700 Kelvin. There you go. And then we're just going to have it. And the bottom, there you go, That points. Watch us and we snap another photo. There you go. And the difference between before and after, It's very simple. There's much more shadows and less shadows depending whether you have a light under the chin. This is totally up to you. Once again, you can play around with anything. I love this one because it really helps you with the symmetry of your face and especially without the light because it's extremely dramatic getting really enhance your face and your face line in general, your phase shift. So this is totally up to you. I'll leave you to it, have some practice, try to take some different photos and feel free to post down below any salt that you might want to share with the community. I'll see you in the next video. 9. Back Lighting: Right? Another example is about having a backlight only. You can do a lot of effects with this one. You can maybe just on the side and then move it a little bit backward. And the photo that you get a DNA's completely different comparing to what we got with the split lighting or maybe the butterfly that we have right now, everything that we need to do is very simple. Whatever kind of like you have, whether you have a tube, whether you have softbox, whether you have anything else, you just need to move this one on the site first. So just right here. And we're going to turn this off just because I want to show you what the result might be eventually what you can do. This, you simply stay in profile. Just have a look at the light. I tried to take a photo. You go Also. You can try to look at the camera. There you go. But then the cool part and another type of photo that you have much more dramatic, even more dramatic in it before we just going to use this light, we're going to move it 45 degrees towards the back. And in this case, because it's coming this side, we just can see a little part of us in this way, actually in this moment, I also have another kind of bright light also there in the back to illuminate for the class. But I'm just going to turn it off right now so that I can show you exactly the result of this one. Alright, so now that we turn off the main light, we just have literally this one in the whole room. Everything else is dark because I don't have any window right here, so there's no light spilling. What I want to show you is the result of just having one backlight. This is 45 degrees towards the back. Okay, so we're going to have a look at the camera first. And then you can also take a photo simply looking forward. The photos are pretty sick. I love this one as well because it's kinda like a silhouette effect is extremely dramatic. Obviously you don't see your eyes, but usually in Portuguese you want to see them. But it depends on your gratuity. This is just another type. And I really wanted to show you this one because I think it's pretty good. Same thing you could do also with different colors. So if we change this to maybe a blue, we can use the profile, just the back illuminating with that color. Let's snap a photo that you go. And then eventually Let's try play around with the light's coming from the back. We've got another split lighting, but in this case, because we have two lines that are in the back than the front of our face is not seeing. It's not, we can't really see our eyes that I think is super cool. I, especially this one with two lights in the back. I think it's really, really good. I hope you guys enjoyed this video and I'm gonna see you in the next one. 10. Editing with Desktop: In this video, we're going to see how we can edit those photos and make them come alive. So here I'm using lightroom desktop, Lightroom Classic. I'm not going to go in depth in all the functions that the software offers because I have a full course here on Skillshare in case you want to check it out. So I'm gonna go quite fast, but I just want to show you the key concept for editing this type of photos. As you can see here, we have already a photo looks pretty great, but if you want to enhance it, then we always have to adjust the exposure based on how we shot the image. And then usually I apply some contrast. I decrease the highlights. And then eventually if I want, I can increase the shadows a tiny bit. But this is totally up to you because depending on how I move the shadows, I'm going to have a black that is true black or black that is a little bit, Let's say grayish and same thing with the black. So if I'm pulled it out, I'm going to have an image that is a little bit more faded. And obviously, when you bring up the shadows, you're going to see a little bit more details in the shadows. So this is a little bit up to you. I like to keep it maybe like this. And then the next thing that you wanna do is that you want to just temperature and tint. This is something that you need to be a bit careful about because depending on how you move the temperature and the tint than the skin color will actually change a lot. So let's let's move it a little bit closer to my face. Okay. Like so and then we're going to try to change the tint a bit towards them, magenta. And I think that's pretty much it. Let's try to move a little bit towards the yellow so we have a little bit warmer tones and I think I'm happy with the result. Let's see the before and the after, before and after for now. Then one more thing that I like to do is that I want to modify texture and clarity because I'm shooting a portrait when I decrease the texture and clarity than my skin will look at tiny bit softer so you don't want to go crazy or otherwise will look completely bleached out. But then maybe I wanna go around -11 looks good. And then same thing with the clarity. Don't push too much that clarity on this side because some beginners like this kind of effect, but trust me, this is not a professional effect. So maybe you want to decrease it and you go minus four, something like that. And then we zoom in my face and I think this looks good. You don't, usually I don't touch the dehaze with these type of portraits. And then maybe the vibrance, you want to bring it up Last three or something like that. That looks fine to me. One more thing that I like to do is try to create an S curve in all the turn curves. So here we have the luminance and then here we have the red and green. Don't worry about what you see right now because it's going to change the result. And then also again here in this one as well. And then also in the blue. That's it. Okay, if he's a little bit too strong to conscious, we can always try to adjust back the previous settings. So in this case, you want to bring down the highlights and maybe you want to bring up exposure and see what happens. If there is one part that is too bright, then obviously you can keep adjusting even with localized brushes and so on, so forth. Now here depends really on what you like and what you want to achieve with this photo. This could be okay, But to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of two contrastive photos. So either we decrease this contrast and we'd go back to kind of the initial result that we got like this and I like it. Or we can also eliminate these tone curves so that we have a more natural result. But I think I'm going to keep it like this because I like it very much. And then here are the colors. I wouldn't do anything about this. I wouldn't adjust any color grading and I would not add sharpening, to be honest, unless you have, let's say, a kind of a cheap camera, you can try to sharpen the image a tiny bit. Let's leave it like 20. And in case you have a lot of noise that you have a lower-end camera, then you can try to use the noise reduction to get rid of that noise that you have. Now, there's one thing that I usually do when I edit my portraits and this is about eyes. Usually what I do is that I create a radial gradient and metal of my eyes. There you go. And then here I just exposure and craze it a tiny bit. There you go. Then increase the clarity just in the eye and also increase the sharpness. Then if I click on the mask, I'm going to duplicate and bring it towards the outer i and I think debts it. We got the before and we got the after. That looks fine to me. One more thing that I wanna do is that if I want to remove these drops because I was sweating, then you can go into the correction mode and then you're going to decrease the dimension of your brush. You go, maybe you can increase the feather if you want to. And then just try to find a position that matches the skin, you go. And then we get to do the same thing here. Click Okay, and then if you're happy, then that's it. Now, there are few things that we can do more to adjust his portrait and making it even better. But we're gonna do this in Photoshop and I'm going to show it to you later. I'm going to click to because I edited this photo, so I'm good to go then I'm going to move to the next one. And to do this, we have a few options. If we edited the one before we can right-click on this image, we're gonna go into Settings and then we're going to pass settings from previous. And this will copy and paste everything that we've done in the previous image also into this one. Then if there is a change in composition, then you can just change the cropping, make it as you like, and click Okay, There you go. Now in this case, I want to make it even smaller. Like so and then just align the top line of the grid when my eyes and said, I'm just going to zoom in and see if it's good, then yes, Then I'm gonna go also into masking, look forward to, to mask that we created for the ice. And then I'm just going to select each of them and then position in the ice. Respectfully, there you go. This is the before and this is the after. That's not bad. Obviously, this is just the color adjustment is nothing about skin retouching, is not about fixing all the details and the stuff that we could do. And then I'm going to show you also some tips that you can do in Photoshop. Then one last thing that you want to do that you wouldn't have removed the previous correction that you've made because if you do so these patches that are going to be applied and then another tip that you can use that eventually if you like this type of edit and you're going to use this type of edit in loads of photos even in the future, you can create a preset. So when you've done all your adjustments, you want to go into presets. Then you want to click plus and you're going to create a preset. You give it your name, you choose the group, and you click on Create. I've already all my presets that I use for all my portraits that I use for all the photos that I take. And I'm going to show you in the next photo, e.g. here, instead of having to pass from previous or do all from zero, what I'm gonna do is that I'm just going to pick a preset that I like. And I know that the preset 12 is made for black background photos that I use quite often. And I'm just going to adjust the crop pink that you go maybe a little bit more I just want to face in this case, and that's it. It's basically edited, ready, he's done now with the presets. Usually you don't have local adjustments. So in this case I'm going to just add a radial gradient and then I'm going to put it here in the eye and then I'm going to duplicate it. And then here I'm going to make my adjustments and I'm going to increase a bit the exposure, I'm going to increase a bit the clarity, and I'm going to increase the sharpness. There you go. So we have some super sharp eyes where we got the before and after, before and after. It looks pretty great. And then I want to show you also one more trick that you can use to edit your portraits. So in this case I'm going to use a local adjustments and I'm going to select Color Range. Then I'm going to drag the dropper on top of my skin colors. There you go. Now basically, everything that is similar to my skin color is selected. Now what you wanna do that first you want to double-click on the facts so that everything gets reset. And then usually what I do, I decrease the clarity a tiny bit in my skin so that will look even smoother. Sometimes it's a little bit difficult to notice the difference, but right now you can see the before and after of this edit and looks pretty great to me. Now what we do is that we simply gonna do the exact same thing in all the other photos. So we're going to just copy from previous, make sure that we have the right cropping. We're going to adjust the mask on our eyes. There you go. And then we go. All right. I'm going to skip for the other photos that look similar, but then I want to show you something with the color. So let's go into this one, e.g. even when we have color, we're just going to pass settings from previous. We're just going to adjust the mask on the eyes. There you go. Make sure that this one works. That's fine. And said, We have an amazing black bag when portrait in case I want to change the cropping even more. Gonna do this. And there you go. Love it. Before, after, before, after. If it's too bright, you can always decrease a tiny bit and exposure and maybe change also the temperature based on what type of skin color you like. I think this one looks great. There you go. This is after. This is before and after. Now I want to show you one photo with the neon that we took. And as you can see, is in the middle of the frame, is this a problem? Absolutely not. Especially when we have this type of black background photos. So what we do right now is that either we apply the precepts so we can check what kind of pieces we have that could work, or we could always go with the same one and then we adjusted later. So we're going to increase exposure until I see the face and is not burned out, then I'm going to adjust the temperature. This is a little bit too yellow because the light color was a bit different. And I'm just going to move the tint and the temperature until I'm satisfied with the skin color. I think this is what I liked that. And here we have two options. The first one is that we could crop the image until we don't see any more delight. So let's say like this, okay, or a better solution is that you just crop the photo until you want. So say like this. And then what you do, you're just going to use the brush into clone or heel to then draw on it with the right dimension. There you go. And then you just gonna move this brush on something that is black. You want to adjust the feather? When I just decided we want to still pass it in, everything that you need to, you're going to click done. And then if there is one more piece that is not perfectly fixed, then you can always go and try to fix it. So there you go. Done. And we have now a perfect background photo. Before and after, before and after, eventually even here I didn't put actually the two radial gradient. But you can do as we've done before, which is going to create one here for the eye. And then you just can increase the exposure. There you go, the clarity, sharpness, and then you're going to duplicate this one on the other. I done. Then one more thing that you can do is that you click Plus you have a Color Range, select the skin, and then make sure that you have everything reset. And then simply decrease the clarity a tiny bit. And there you go. Got it. Before and after, before and after. Now, just to show you another example for the colored ones, here, the process is exactly the same. There's no difference whether we having some split lighting, whether we have some top lighting on anything. The concept is the same. So we're just going to take any kind of portrait preset that we have or from previous edit reduce going to select it and then simply adjust the exposure to contrast the radial filters and all this type of stuff based on what you like. Even in this case, we're just going to adjust the cropping. So there's not much they don't want to do in this photo, simply a bit of exposure. Same thing where the other one from previous Done. There you go. One more thing that you could do eventually when you're modifying colors is actually using the HSL Color panel. So in this case, you'll be able to modify the colors that we have here. Before. When we have a natural skin color, we didn't do it because we don't want to mess up with the normal skin color, but in case we have these colors. Let me show you when we go into blue, e.g. you could see that we can actually change the color of the light that we have coming from our left, right. So if we want to have it maybe more green, you stay more towards this side or otherwise you go on the other side, you're going to have more, a darker blue. Then this totally up to you. You can actually change to sliders, to change the column, same thing on the other side, probably going to orange. And we see that we can go towards the magenta are also towards the yellow. This is totally up to you, but this is an option that we have when we are using colors. Then if we need to edit this photo where light is coming from the top, the concept is exactly the same. So we're just going to crop it first, see if we can put it out just with the cropping. There you go. I think I like this. If he's still here, no problem. We just use the adjustment. We make the brush as big as we need, and then we are going to solve it in 3 s. No problem. Then we're going to adjust with the presets. And if it's too blue, maybe we can change it to yellow to have a warmer color if we like. So this is the before, there's the after or you can change it even warmer if you want. This is the before versus the after. And then you want to go into using some radial filters, venue and joy and I increase the exposure, clarity, sharpness. And then you duplicate this one. And there you go. Now, I don't want to make you bored. So I'm not going to show you anything else because this is exactly the concept that you want to do when you're editing your portrait, even when the color are a little bit darker, everything that you've gotta do is that simply pass previews. And then you want to just adjust the exposure. So going down, going up, there you go. Then you're just a cropping. The photo is already edited, EVF some mistakes. If you have some reflections, then you can use the correction. What you could do is that you can go into Photoshop. And now I want to show you a few things that you can do in Photoshop to make it even better. So let's say e.g. this photo, we're gonna go editing and then we click Photoshop. Now that we are here in Photoshop, I want to show you a different way your account. You can remove. Actually this part of the lightening case with black woman didn't work because sometimes it doesn't work. You want to go in lasso and then you want to create a selection around the object that you want to remove, that you wanna, you wanna hold Shift and then backspace. And you'll be able to actually fill this at a Content Aware, you're going to click Okay, and then 99% of the time, this works in 2 s. If it doesn't work, let me click Command Z to go back. I wanted to show you that you could actually use the spot healing brush. So you want to have it a little bit bigger. There you go. You're just going to paint it on top of it and then done, it's gone. Want to go again? And boom. One more option that you have is that you can use the Patch Tool. So you're just going to drag around a selection. There you go. Then you, and then jog the patch and black area, you release it and boom, it's gone. There are loads of different ways that you can use Photoshop to remove any object that you don't like. And I want to show you also that with the spot healing brush, you'll be able to adjust also. So let me actually make a copy of this so that you can see the before and after if you want to adjust the skin, this is my favorite method to do so. So you want to just talk with the spot healing brush around the imperfection of the skin. Now I'm going to make the video a little bit faster because I'm going to go through the whole face. There you go. Now I finished we've got the before and after I removed all the little pimples that I had on my skin, then one more thing that you could do is that you could sharpen the eyes using Photoshop to go to sharpen tool. And then you want to make the brushes big as the eye. They are going in your tap, tap, tap, and then it's sharper. And you sharpen DIE a bit. That's it. Then one more thing that you could do is that you could use the Dutch function to make the eye slightly brighter. So you collect with derange, midterms are used exposure 50 per cent, and there you go just a tiny bit. You don't want to make it a natural. There you go. We've got the before and after, before and after. One more thing that you can do is that let me make another copy to smoothen the skin is that you could use the surface blur and blur. And then the last one is surface blur. Even here you want to adjust the settings, you don't want to go too crazy. Obviously, maybe you're going to hear of radius one pixel threshold 25. I think that's could be fine. Then you want to create a mask, invert the mask. Simply use a white brush to paint on top of this kinda you want to smoothen up, make sure that your opacity is at 100%. And then a little bit UGA around, a little bit on your skin, and that's it. So this is the before and the after. Here's the before and this is the after. These are sub two changes, very small because I don't want to go too crazy with this photo. But in case you want to know more about anything super soft skin and like professional retouching, then you should definitely check out my Photoshop course. Because there is a section where I talk about portraits, eyes had to adjust August shape of the face and so on, so forth. And you'll find it here on Skillshare. 11. Shooting with a Phone: The first example I want to show you just using the normal camera of your iPhone or your Android, whatever you have. So we're going to open it and we need to have this trunk light sources close as possible to your subject. Just write out a frame. So in this case we're moving very, very close and try to place it 45 degrees towards the subject. So in this case, we're just going to move this one. Fry. There. There you go. I think it looks fine, maybe slightly more in the front. So right now I'm just using the two pairs Zoom. And then now because the linea is overexposed, you can see also the background. But what happens is that when I click on a linear space and then I just drag this sun down, down, down, down. There you go. Now the background is completely dark and we can snap a photo. Yeah, we can direct the subject and move up and down. Also the sun to have it more or less bright. And also we can keep pressing our finger on in linear space so we're going to lock the focus and exposure and then vary. Now we take the Sun and we drag it down. There you go. Everything is becoming dark. How cool is that? And then we can snap all the photos that you want. And millennia can move a bit, maybe change angle, look at the light, and then as photographers we need to direct the model. But as you can see that super easy because everything is completely black. There you go. There's no editing required. If the light goes into frame, then you can move it a bit and then keeps snapping photos. There you go. A beautiful, beautiful data set. You can see how the background is completely black, pitch black just because you use a strong light and we expose correctly our phone. Now, I want to show you one more options that we can have by simply utilizing a not a light on the back of millennia or undecided to add a little bit of movement, a little bit of conscious. So in this case I'm using this little light five c by not let the normal mode with 2,700 Kelvin, that means is a yellow light, as you can see right now. And I'm just gonna positioning on the side of the linea a little bit towards the back. Let's say we're going to do the same exact thing, but right now the difference is that we have a light that is coming from the bag. She's afraid there with the linear. So we can click to pair to have the Zoom function hold on in linear space and then drag the sun ride down. There you go. And we can see that we have that little light just on the site. If it's not enough, then obviously we can place the light in different positions. So right now I moved it a little bit higher. And then again, we hold on a linear space and then we drive down the exposure. There you go. And then when you're ready, we're just going to snap a photo. Look at the light, please. Yeah. Look again more, more and more and more and they go, we snap a photo. Boom, that's nice is you can see this light right here. It's helping us having a little bit more depth, a little bit more contrast in the photo. And now if we ever look at them than they look very nice. 12. Editing with a Phone: In this video, I'm gonna show you how to do the editing part and the mobile. The up-to-date use is called Lightroom. You can download it for free for both Android and iOS. Than what you wanna do is that if you've shot with your camera, you want to click this button right here and then you want to add photos from camera roll. I've already added the photos that are here and here, and my camera roll and inside that room so that now I'll be able to do all the adjustments that I want to make. Now, if you follow the previous lesson, everything that we need to do is exactly the same from here. So the first thing that you wanna do is just cropping the image-based on the framing that you like. I'm going to pick like so then you want to adjust the lighting, maybe the conscious, maybe the highlights, maybe the shadows, maybe the whites, maybe the blacks, depending on how you liked the image, following the exact same principle that we've applied before. So I'm going to move the tint and also the temperature a bit. Then I'm going to decrease the texture and decrease the clarity as well. Maybe minus ten for the texture would work. And then the data, if you want to sharpen it a bit, you can, but it's totally up to you. Then what you wanna do is that if you have a premium version, you can use also the masking tool. We can do all the local adjustments that we've done before on also on a mobile. So what I'm gonna do is that I'm going to zoom into the image and I'm going to create the radial gradient. And then I want to do, and then I'm going to drag my finger and tap the eye. And then from here I'll be able to adjust the exposure a tiny bit. And then also the clarity you go. And if I want sharpness that you go down, if you want, you can duplicate this one and then you're going to zoom in again, pick it, and then move it in the other eye. Obviously this might take slightly longer than doing with desktop, but the principle, It's exactly the same. Now that we've edited the eyes, eventually you can go and try to fix the image using the healing so that you can try to delete all the imperfection of the skin. So e.g. if you want to removal the pimples, then you want to click on it and then you need to select a part where lateral wall copy. But there is also another alternative in case you don't have the premium subscription of Lightroom and we're going to show it to you later. Now we've finished basically to edit the photo. So we've got the before, we got the after you've been here venture, you can add the curves and all the things, but this is exactly the same thing as doing it on desktop. So in this case be the before and after know much of a difference, but that's exactly what we want it. Now let me show you with the other photo, same as we've done before. You can simply apply directly a presets. So what do you wanna do in this case that you going presets and then you've got everything that you've already saved on your phone are also on the cloud of Adobe. So in this case, I'm going to go into user preset and then I'm going to pick the preset called pitch black because I know that this one is the one that I use for this type of photos and then I'm going to increase the exposure if I want. There you go. And the photo is basically edited. We've got the before, we got the after. Now what happens is that let me show you another alternative to cancel eventually, this light and the top in case you don't want to crop it too much. So we have it like this. There you go. We're going to click Okay, and then what we do right now is that we export to camera roll. And then I'm going to show you a different app that you can use to do your edits that this one is free, completely free, and it's called snaps it. So we're going to go into Snapseed. This is a Google app that allows you to do lots of different things for editing your photos and it's free. We're gonna go and open on-device. And then we click this photo. Then we're gonna go in tool, we're gonna go in healing. And then in this case as well, we'll be able to jog our finger on top of the light and then snaps it. We're ready, do its magic. So we're just going to tap on here and then remove it from here. Boom, boom, boom, there you go. The image is already edited. This one works also for the people. So if you want to touch up your skin, you just need to zoom in into your face and then touch on the little points that you want to fix and snaps it will do its own magic day you go. This is super-simple and I love to use this app when I'm on the go, you click Okay, and then we got the before and after, before and after the same time. One more thing that I want to show you is that in tools you'll have the possibility to go into selective and then select a part of the body or of the face or e.g. your eyes that you want to edit independently, you're gonna go in place and then you click on your skin. Basically we chew fingers. You'll be able to select the area that you want to effect with these adjustments. And this is basically the color range in labrum. And if you want to go for the whole skin, now you'll be able to drag your finger up and down to then go and select the brightness contrast, saturation or structure. So now for destructure, which is similar to the clarity that we've seen before. We can go and structure, then modify towards the left side. And as you can see, it's becoming more blurred, more soft skin. This is amazing now I don't want to do it too much. I'm just gonna do a -40, 35. There you go. And this is affecting only the skin, is not affecting my eyes, which is very cool. They're gonna click the V on the bottom right corner, and that's it. This is the final image where the before and the after. I hope you understood the power even editing with mobile. Now if you want to know more about editing and shooting when a mobile, I have a full class here on Skillshare. It's about photography from a to Z that you can check how it at anytime. I hope you enjoyed this video and I'm going to see you in the next one. 13. Shooting without a Black Background (full process) : Here the trick is that we're not going to have a black background, but we're going to try to take this type of photos with different wall or even with that type of window and different type of scenarios. And we'll see what we can do this type of photos. This time we're going to use Sony Alpha 6,400 with a tomorrow 28, 75 F2, which is a full frame length that I have for my Sony A7 three, which is now recording and annotate it to attach it in a crop sensor. So whatever we're going to use, we need to multiply times 1.5 to get the right focal length. In this case, I'm using the force at 60 with a parabolic 60 cm softbox by non-life, which is the entry level of professional lighting. So I'm in a garage and this is not a professional studio or anything. So the audio here is pretty terrible and I hope you guys don't mind, just let me know in advance. Now the very first thing to take this type of photos is actually you need to be as far as possible from the bag. So whatever room you're in and try to find the longest line between two different coordinates. And then you're going to place the camera in one corner and then you're going to place yourself close to the camera and as far as possible the opposite corner. And in this case we're going to just take exactly like this. So we're going to use that corner right there as our background. And even though it's a yellow wall, we're going to try to make it fully black with no editing again. So, um, this case I want to try to place the camera as far as possible. In this case, I'm just going to move this table right here. So then I'm going to have the camera right here that is pretty far from the background. So I'm going to put my lens and the crop sensors are 50 millimeter, but considering this equals to a 75 more or less in a full frame. And then the next step is that I need to place myself based on the framing, but it's close as possible to the camera. So we're going to see here, we're going to place the chair and probably going to be this distance looking at the frame of my Sony there. Then the next thing is to place our lighting. And once again, this is the number one thing that you need to take care when you're taking these types of photos because you need to have the strongest light possible on yourself so that we can adjust the camera and have the background completely black. Now, let me take the force of 60. That now is just right behind the camera. Mount. The camera probably you're going to see me that I'm blown out here because the light is so close to me. And that's why we create this contrast because you see everything else that he's exposed correctly, but my face is blown out. So what we need to do is that we need to adjust the settings of the camera that is shooting the photo to expose correctly my face and therefore everything else will be darker. So now let me place again the light very close to me, but right out of frame in this case. And then that's perfect. So in this case I need to adjust every setting that allows me to have myself correctly exposed. So in this case, I just need to be in the center to get the focus. And then what I wanna do, I want to increase the shutter speed, let's say like this one out of 160. And as you can see, everything else became black while I was moving the shutter speed, and now my face is correctly exposed. Now I keep F2, 0.8, and ISO 100. So these are the settings that I'm using right now, but these depends also on your setup, on your room, on what type of light you have and how strong is it? There you go. Right now, I just wanted to remove also my sweater so it's gonna be more black. Let's go. Okay, now, it's much better because everything is super, super dramatic, super dark. So once again, we check that everything is alright and the camera eventually you can also move back and forth, just try to stay and maybe in the middle right here. And then he went to set up the self timer, maybe 2 s, and see what we can get. Make sure that you have the focus on your face. So let me just double-check this on the camera that is in the center. There you go. It was not in dissenters. That's why we're struggling a bit and then assume whatever pose you like. And then we're going to do and try to do a test shot. Stay in the middle, and then when you're ready to defocus, you go, Let's see what we can get. Boom, that's a very dark photo. Now, this photo is exactly what we wanted and it's kinda perfect. That really depends on how you want it, because in this case my eyes are very dark. So what I can do, We have two options here. Either that when we shoot, we're going to move our heads towards the light. And in this case we're going to see much more of the part where the eyes are or you can just lower the leg so it's more towards your face and therefore you're going to illuminate also these partners. Now it's dark because the light is 45 degrees towards yourself. I tried to take another photo, but in this case I'm just going to move my head towards the light and see the difference there in the center. And there you go. As you can see now, my eyes are there and are not completely dark. So here is really about moving your head and try different position, try different angles and also moving the life. Let me show you a different case where we lower the light, okay. And then we're just going to stay straight. So in this case, I'm watching the camera again and boom. Here's the difference between the very first photo and the third photo. Just because I lowered a bit delight. But, but, but remember, this one has to be as close as possible to your face. Or otherwise, this effect is not going to come because you're not gonna be able to export correctly the photo. Now let's try another scenario. And in this case I'm just going to move the light completely on the side. And then we're going to have a split toning main with lighting only. So in this case, one part will be correctly exposed and the other one will be completely black. Super dramatic photo, but I'm not a very nice effect. So the light is right on my side. And because this is so strong in order to expose correctly this part, then everything else will be dark. So let's take a photo together and see what we can get. Just want to stay in the middle. Take this one very close, just write out a frame and then we stay in the center. We have a look in the camera, ready to go. That's it. Let's take another one. Stick a few more. So right now, I'm just going to move my face towards the light and see what we can get. It was exposed correctly. You are ready because I expose it from this side. And then it doesn't really matter if I'm moving for lab purposes. So let's stay like this, mature. We are in the middle and then we should. There you go. Let's take a couple. There you go. Now, I don't see very well the photos from my phone. So what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna try to have a look at the camera and then zoom in there and see if everything is okay if I manage to have them in focus or not. Obviously, if you have another person that is helping you doing this, everything is much easier for me. I'm alone, so I want to show you how you can do it a lot in a pretty simple way. So now let's have a look at MC if you've got them right or not. I know. I want to look at the photos and see if I'm in focus or not. Let's have a look. I think we good. Now let's zoom in, in the eyes and that's perfect. We are in-focus, so that's good. Now, having a look at these photos right now, I can notice that the bag grown especially in the first one where I had the light in front or it's not extremely dark, is not like pure black. Why this? Because probably the light that we have is actually spilling towards the wall. So what I want to try right now, he's actually moving myself a little bit further away and then see if that changes anything. Cool. So I'm just going to move and try to match the previous scene, both with my lighting and with myself and see if we can make it very, very black in this case. You go Now with good. Just because a position the light and now seems that everything, It's much better than before. Now the background is not visible anymore. Let's see what we can get there. You go. Stay in the middle, make sure that the light is extremely close to you by write out a frame like so. And there you go. As you can see, just moving 1 m more from the background, it actually made a huge difference and our background and was slightly visible before. Now it's not visible anymore. Now, I want to show you one more thing to make this photos incredibly better. And this is about adding an extra light, any type of colored light, or even a white or yellow light just right here on the side as a backup as a sidelight. So let me get it. Correct. So what I'm using right now is just this JOB teleport. And this is an unlike legal life five C. So it's a small light that can actually be any color, but also normally yellow and white. So in this case I'm just going to use a yellow light. You can use also your bad lamp or anything that you have at home. Do you have it as a second? So I'm just going to place it in this small tripod. There you go. Okay, like this, then we can place it at 70% strength. We're going to have it right in the middle. Here. There you go. Now it's better to have it as close as possible. So I'm just going to use a chair right here. As is I can see from my phone, this part is illuminated, but that's more life. And he makes huge difference because you add conscious that the photo and add also depth because this part is not fully black but have it illuminated but that yellow light which is contrasting with this white one. So let's take it, put it together and see what we can get. This one a little bit more in the site to web it more dramatic effect. Go, but I prefer a little bit taller light. So I'm just going to place it like so more 45 degrees towards myself instead of having directly on my face. And there you go. Take a photo. Let's try another 11. Cool thing that you can do also is that you can change this one or any light that you have as a color like so in this case, I'm just going to switch it to HSI and then I'm just going to change the color to something like maybe blue. There you go. We have this little TO, again, a pit in the same position in the back. And then let's take another photo. 14. Conclusion: We're reaching the end of the class. I had a lot of fun. I love to take this type of photos and even self-portraits because I think you're super dramatic, you're super impactful. And usually when other people look at them, they're like, Wow, this is amazing, but as you know, are hurting, they're super easy to do. So I'm super happy you watch until the end. Now there are a few things that I would like to add. First one for the class project, I'd like you to create any sort of black background photos and just post them right below here so that I can give you feedback as well. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work to others and also to receive feedback from a cell. Then the second thing that I would suggest you, he's tried to implement this type of photography also in some sort of short videos. If you don't know how to create the short vertical videos, I have a full class here on Skillshare where I teach you everything you need to know to help yourself also grow on social media. Depending on when you're watching this video, there might be more than six courses are ready on Skillshare from myself about Lightroom to master color, creating about Photoshop, to attach your photos, about creating short and engaging vertical videos for TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube shorts, and also Instagram for beginners and mobile photography. So there's plenty of things to learn. One last thing I would really, really appreciate if you could live review, let me know if you enjoyed this course. This helps me a lot, making better courses and reaching more people in case you have any question, feel free to post them in the discussion below or reach out on social media ads Pharaoh 21 on IG TikTok and see monophyletic on YouTube. I reply to everyone, thanks again everyone. And I'll see you in the next class. Ciao.