How do I proceed to take a macro photo of a flower or a person's face with the effect of a complete black background, seeming that the subject is floating in space? Some of you have flower photos in the galery using this feature. I have an FM3a and I am brand new into Nikon world.
Well, the simplest way I can think of to accomplish this would be to just use a black background. Something like a black curtain or a piece of black velvet maybe? If this isn't available, then you could try a small aperture/fast shutter speed while using a flash for the key light. Keep the subject far away from the background. I know that you can make it look like nighttime in broad daylight by adjusting ambient exposure down and flash exposure up to compensate. Another technique might be to strongly burn in the background when making the print. I don't know if any of this helps.
That effect is simply from stopping the lens down for extra DOF, which eliminates ambient light. The flash provides the only light. Make sure your camera is not set to SLOW synch mode. If you don't have the proper focal length lens to fill the frame with the subject, you risk TTL flash overexposure. ---scott
Welcome to the wonderful world of NIKON. With the right settings you can have black backgrounds just about any time. Personally I like the black velvet idea but when you're doing closeup nature stuff, that's kinda hard. What type of flash are you using. perhaps someone here can help you with the proper settings. ...and as always...bracket, bracket, bracket....and write down what you did. Enjoy