Studio Quality Invisible Black Background – SQIBB

This week in class we learned a photography technique Caryn Esplin calls SQIBB. It stands for Studio Quality Invisible Black Background. Using only the settings on your camera and a speedlight with a flash bender on it, you are able to take a picture of almost anything in a lit room and achieve an invisible black background.

This is a picture of my classmate, Amalia, and myself in our “studio” taking a picture of a vintage camera. The black jacket worked well as a surface to set it on.

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SQIBB works really well with portraits as well.

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You do not have to, but I found it easier to use a black surface to put my objects on to take the picture. You can use any color or surface for this technique though. The crane and the computer in the next two pictures are both sitting on a simple piece of black poster board.

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MadiHassett-studio-quality-invisible-black-background

If you would like to give SQIBB a try, use these base settings along with a speedlight and a flash bender and then adjust accordingly:

  1. ISO 100
  2. Shutter speed: 1/200
  3. Aperture depends on how bright your surroundings are. If it is bright, f/22. If it is darker, f/5.8-8

 

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