Juzno: A penny for your thought?
Rosa: It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
Juzno: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry?
Rosa: No, my tax preparer.
Hope your day is going well.
Glenn: I suppose tax preparers have lots to say about wasted time.
Anne: Very nice. I love roses. Perfect lighting. How do you make the background dark?
May I keep this one for a card later if I need to make one for emergency?
Juzno: Thanks. You can use this for your card, Anne.
There are a number of ways to make the background dark. I used to just shoot as-is, and burn and dodge in post processing. But usually the result is artificial. The best way is to do it on-camera.
The trick is to be able to find the right background so the red on the rose would pop out. I just keep looking on the view finder until the lighting on the background looks good. I shot this on manual exposure: f4 at 1/200. On auto, my camera wants to shoot at f4, 1/80 but I decided to underexpose it so I can get the background dark. In Photoshop, I selected the red channel and pushed the red back up in the Curves Overlay. This way only the reds are affected. It’s really easier to show it than it sounds.