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Black Shadow Backgrounds - Materials only
This tutorial includes the course materials only for our Black Shadow Backgrounds course. This tutorial is for self-directed learning with no instructor, assignment or critique. For the instructor taught version of this course click here.

Learn to take beautiful photos with a black shadow background that isolates and showcases your subject! Black shadow backgrounds are very popular images. Animals and people look fantastic isolated against the dark background.

We think of these as reverse silhouettes. The background goes black while we expose for the subject. People usually think that they are the results of some sort of Photoshop magic where we are removing the background. No, we are not doing anything like that, not at all. You'll learn which settings to use and important shooting techniques, all explained in easy to understand plain language with how-to videos to show you how to get the results you are looking for.


  • Isolate your subject
  • Remove distractions
  • Contemporary portraits
  • Quality of light
  • Understanding and using negative space in your composition
  • Camera settings and shooting techniques
  • How to set up the shot
  • How-to videos on setting up your shot and processing your images in Photoshop

This tutorial includes a 13 page PDF lesson with instructions and examples and three how-to videos for shooting and processing your images.
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