All the images that you see in your digital camera are already royalty free, except for stock photography. All other stock photography is subject to copyright and is only available through purchase. So basically, anything not purchased from a licensed photographer, is available to be used as an image on your computer or printer. If you are a hobbyist and love to do your own retouching, this article will show you how to create a stunning dark photo background to use for your digital photography projects.
Portraits are a great way of taking personal pictures of family members, friends or business clients. There are two ways to retouch a portrait: with a large or small digital camera, or with a dark photo background. Digital photography has brought about many wonderful opportunities for amateur and professional alike. The possibilities are endless when using a digital slr and even a cell phone, so the ability to retouch photos immediately is a great thing. All you have to do is bring out the dark side and match it with your desired photo.
Portraits are an obvious choice for people who wear long sleeves or don't want their arms visible. Darker skin tones make long sleeves look much more dramatic, and give the illusion of a slimmer body, or elongated limbs – something that you may not have been able to achieve with a white background. With these natural born photographs, it is possible to create striking portraits using just your camera, and nothing else.
Businesses can also benefit from using a darker photo background. It creates an atmosphere that is professional, yet not overbearing. You may choose to wear a white shirt and tie, or choose an alternative color if you prefer not to wear a white shirt. You could also wear a jacket or tie with your portraits, but if you are wearing a white shirt, then why not just show your collar?
Even people who enjoy fashion can benefit from using this kind of photo backdrop. If you have a lighter skin tone, it is always better to wear a darker background so as to balance out the lighter or whiter portions. A white outfit will be over-powering if worn with a dark background. Again, it gives the effect of a slimmer body as well as draws attention to your collar or tie.
Dark family photos can also be used to celebrate milestones such as a new baby or other milestone. With a baby in the picture, you can have them wear baby booties instead of diapers. For milestones like a new home or other milestone, you can add balloons, candy and flowers to create a festive mood. You can also take a picture of the whole family, then edit it down to have a nice collage of everyone and their favorite things.
Dark family portraits make great holiday scrapbooks as well. Your grandkids can wear black, while siblings can wear whatever colors they want. If you are having a themed wedding, you can use Halloween or holidays themes to make-up the scrapbook. You can have all the kids wear the same type of outfit, then edit the photos so that each one has a unique make-up style.
Dark photo backgrounds are also great for graduation parties. You can have the whole group in uniform, or choose a favorite color for each member. Have the kids wear black, and you can put makeup on them so that their eyes appear as dark as possible, which gives them a more dramatic look. You can use the same theme for other types of gatherings such as reunions: have the older people wear white, and have the teens wear a color that represents their generation (e.g. maroon for the teens of a generation, purple for the younger generations).