The image above is not what it seems though no photoshopping went into the image.
A speaker lit by an incredibly bright moon. Or so you would think. The giant floating circle is not the moon but instead a clock tower. The subject is also not lit by said clock tower instead by a spot light set up for the event.
Does this make the image less valuable? Maybe to some but to me no. It creates an environment that helps the viewer connect with the subject. Nothing is added or subtracted from the image, it holds to all ethical standards of journalism.
It is crazy how much a simple black background can do for an image. I have talked about this before in past blog posts, shooting on black is something I will never get tired of.
Being able to find these black backdrops in my everyday assignments only makes it better.
Until next time, take care!