As we know, classic macro photo is with black background,
But this style is not popular in Japan.
Probably because they don't have volcanic soil habitat like Anilao or Lembeh,
The "classic" black background is created by a high shutter speed and a high f-stop, the image relies on strobe lighting. It hasn't got anything to do with the colour of the background, because it's best shot against the water rather than the reef.
The light, unfocussed background relies on ambient light, slower shutter speeds, wider apertures and balanced strobe lighting. It's harder to do. I often find that my backgrounds are too dark.
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