After seeing Sherry's post about the invisible black background today, I thought of these photos. I’ve been experimenting with spot metering ever since I learned what it was when shooting the eclipse. Then I read Laurie’s post about how you can darken daylight photos by manipulating camera settings. So now I like to try shooting the same subject with different metering modes to see how it changes the image.
I took all of these outside during the day but used spot metering and a slightly faster shutter speed than what the meter recommended. I didn't use a flash ... because I have a completely unfounded and irrational fear of using it, but that is a story for another time. :)
One note on this approach: it didn’t fully blacken the background. Before processing, I could still see faint shapes and details in a few bright spots behind the flowers. But straight out of camera, the background was dark enough that I could even out the rest in Lightroom. And for #1, I liked the few green shoots that caught the light to the left, so I left them in.
I’m still intimidated by anything flash-related, so I want to try the invisible background method, but I’m still trying to convince myself that I am in fact capable of syncing a flash. :) Soon. It will happen!
It will be interesting to see how that approach compares to spot metering, and I love knowing that there are multiple ways to get to the same end goal of a dark background.