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Photography Trick: Darken a Bright Background with a Scrim Net


What do you do if you’re out shooting on-location, without strobes, and you want to darken a bright background without affecting the light on your model? Joel Grimes shows you a neat trick that’ll work just as well as a strobe.

Normally, darkening a bright background behind your portrait subject involves dropping shutter speed and upping the power of your strobe. But if you don’t have strobes with you, you can try using a dark scrim net instead.

Joel was able to cut his background brightness by two stops this way:



Check out the full video up top to hear Joel explain the process and thinking himself. And if you have a similar tip or trick to share, don’t hesitate to drop a line in the comments!

(via YouTube via ISO 1200)