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Izzy Video 119 – How to Create a Black Background

IzzyVideo 119

In this installment of Izzy Video, I show you how to create a completely black background for your talking head videos. I also review the advantages of having a black background, and when you might want to avoid it.

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6 thoughts on “Izzy Video 119 – How to Create a Black Background

  1. This tutorial came at a great time for me as I’m just starting to experiment with black backgrounds. I’m also trying out infinite white backgrounds which is, I believe, harder to do. Maybe you could do a tutorial on those soon.

    1. John,

      I’ve got a white background tutorial coming up soon. I use a broad light for that, and the bulb in mine recently burnt out. Once I’ve got it working again, a tutorial on how to do a white background will be right around the proverbial corner.

      Thanks for the nice feedback on this one!

      All the best,


  2. Great video Izzy.

    Are there any special color correction that should be used when dealing with black background? Are you required to drop the black levels down in order to make it appear that you’re in the middle of “nothingness?”

    Also, what did you use to make the new bumpers for your videos. I’ve noticed the one with the hand and the knife for a while. The new green bumper is pretty cool, as well.



    1. Gordy – thanks for the kind words. For the black background, if you don’t have a perfect black capture, then yes, you could lower it further in post during color correction. I do that sometimes if I see any details in the background. I like the nothingness look, but not everyone does, so that’s really personal taste.

      Regarding the intro animations, the animated tag of my logo, and the show intro, I hired a motion graphics genius to do that work for me. If you need any of that kind of work done, I highly, highly recommend him. You can contact him via Very talented artist.

      Anyway, I hope that helps. And of course, thanks for watching!

  3. Just signed up yesterday after watching this free video. Too cool.

    I’m eager to try this technique. Does it require a focused light? I have two florescent lights with softboxes. But I’m afraid they might be too broad to keep the light off the background.

    Great work Izzy, your tutorials are impressively-produced, and incredibly helpful. Matthew

    1. Hi, Matthew!

      Thanks for becoming an Izzy Video Member! :-)

      You can do this with soft lights like fluorescents or soft boxes. I do it all the time. The trick is to keep the distance between the talent and the background far enough so there spill light from the key and fill don’t get on the background. I’m usually at least 10-15 feet (estimating here) away from the background. Also, I put the soft boxes above my head and tilting down, so much of the spill light heads toward the floor.

      I hope that helps!

      By the way, thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you like the videos so much. :-)

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