Technically black isn’t a color, it’s the absence of color. At least according to a scientist. Photographically speaking the answer is similar, black is the absence of light. But ask a kid whether black is a color and they’ll give you a funny look as they pull their black crayon from the box. Whether it’s technically a color or not, Black is the subject of what is likely the second to last image in my Colors theme.
I expected this image to be tricky to light. I set out to create a nice even lighting with minimal shadows or reflections, and a nice depth of black in the background. A diffused shop light low camera right aimed over the top of the subject, plus a shop light high camera left bounced back into the subject gave me just that – plus a nice strip catch light from the reflector on the milk glass.
I like this image, and it does present the Black tones I set out to show in today’s image. After capturing this I played around with the lighting some more though, and it’s amazing how much a simple tweak changes the image. For instance this next shot is the same basic setup, with the high left light pointed directly down rather than bounced off a reflector. I’m amazed by how such a simple change makes this a completely different image. I may be nearly done with the Colors theme, but I think I’ll be sticking with product style shots for the foreseeable future, there’s just so much depth to explore here.
One further note about today’s image. Cleanup was delicious 😉