BYU-Idaho Student Highlights –
Comm 316 Professional Imaging –
SQIBB: Studio Quality Invisible Black Background

I coined the SQIBB acronym to describe a technique to create a studio black background anywhere! I showed my students how to use a narrow aperture, low ISO, and fast shutter to create an image with a completely black background. Next they use the amazing Rogue Flashbender to add light with a “snooted” speedlight to highlight only a portion of the scene or portrait. After all, the famous Dave Black says… “If you want to make an image more interesting, only light part of it!”

This SQIBB method is inspired by one of my favorite lighting techniques called CHIAROSCURO that also creates a dramatic and high-contrast effect. Chiaroscuro, meaning light (chiaro) and dark (scuro) became a popular painting technique during the Renaissance and Baroque periods to help artists show a three dimensional object on a flat surface. Now we celebrate the Chiaroscuro effect with our SQIBB assignment in the BYU-Idaho Comm 316 Professional Imaging class. This course is part of the Visual Comm emphasis in the Communication Department.

I hope you enjoy these HIGHLIGHTS from my Comm 316 Professional Imaging students’ work for their SQIBB assignment. I think they nailed it! Congratulations to Alex Brown, Emilyn Prestwich, Emma Simkins and Channing Merrell for being featured this week.

ALEX BROWN – (Above) Click to see student blog post

Alex-Brown-Studio-Quality-Lighting-Low-Key-Lighting-Black-BackdropALEX BROWN – Set up shot to show SQIBB technique

EMMA SIMKINS – (Above) Click to see student blog post

CHANNING MERRELL – (Above) Click to see student blog post

EMILYN PRESTWICH – (Above) Click to see student blog post

EMILYN PRESTWICH – Set up shot to show SQIBB technique

ALEX BROWN – (Above) Click to see student blog post

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