Black backdrop for a black belt

I rarely use anything other than a plain white backdrop for children but it worked quite well for my niece’s karate session.

A plain white backing is light hearted and bright, drawing the viewers eyes to the subject and can sometimes create great contrast. I tend to only use dark blues and blacks for corporate shots or images requiring a formal look.

I had considered that with my niece’s karate gi being white the probability of it being lost was pretty high. Adjusting the¬†backdrop to a shade of grey wouldn’t give the image the striking impact I wanted. Black not only provided the drama but from an artistic perspective allowed the achievement of a dan grade to flow from the belt throughout the portrait.

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The percentage of black in the frame, the stance and the serious expression completely represents how seriously my niece takes her martial arts.

She takes it seriously but has a lot of fun too!

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