Dykking goes all black

UW photographers who want to learn more about shooting black backgrounds are getting what they want in the April 2014 issue of Norwegian dive magazine Dykking, which features my Black as Night story.

Posted on May 17, 2014

Shooting black backgrounds is not necessarily very hard - but it can be very rewarding. The subjects stand out in a spectacular way, letting their brilliant colors shine unhindered.

On a 7-page spread, the Norwegian magazine relays tips and tricks on how to shoot black backgrounds, in what I hope is a both entertaining and educational story.

Using black as a feature in your images is not necessarily restricted to macro subject. This image was shot by simply turning off the strobes!

The images are from Norway and around the world, and includes hydromedusae, starfish larvae, clownfish, pipefish, whip coral shrimp and even a wreck shot.

Nightdive not necessary

You don't have to go on a night dive to get black backgrounds, although it certainly makes it easier. But if you know how to tweak the settings on your camera you can easily achieve the same effect during daytime too.

The story also gives some useful Photoshop tips which may help you achieveing what you desire - learn how to make black backgrounds in an instant!

Published since 1983

Dykking is published six times a year and has a circulation of approximately 5.000. Published since 1983, it is one of the longest-running dive magazines in Europe.

To read the full story (which is in Norwegian), please visit Dykking magazine and sign up for a subscription today!

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