Portrait photography-background question

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by marclapierre13, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a

    marclapierre13

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    I want to do some photography of a person subject, and I had a couple questions

    First, what kind of background should I use? I want a white background, but I have no clue what to use for it?

    Second, I have a white roll down blind could that work? But it only goes down to about the feet. Should it go down longer, or what? I want the feet to show, but like I said, the blind only goes down to the ankles.
     
  2. compuwar macrumors 601

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    For high key portraits, I use a 20'x30' white muslin I got on eBay clamped to the rails of a background stand. I prefer to have enough background that the model can stand on it and it can still be far enough away that my background light blows it out without any wrinkles being obvious. You could use a sheet, paper, or whatever so long as it's large enough to cover the back of the scene and fairly constant in color unless you wanted to fix stuff in PS later.
     
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Looks perfect. Just don't over bid. look up the cost of a new one at B&H or some place.
    Some people prefer to use seamless paper rather then cloth because the cloth can wrinkle. But if cost is an issue and you can only have one background white mulin is a good one to have. I have a 15ft square one that is white on one side and painted moltled grey on the other.
     
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  5. marclapierre13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    They all seem to be going for around $100 for close to that size, so If i got one for $50 shipped, i think that might be a good investment.
     
  6. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Paper crinkles, and you can't iron or steam it back out- and shipping on it is horrendous if you get the long stuff. I've got both in my studio, and muslin is *way* easier to deal with IMO. If you wet the muslin, you can generally get the wrinkles out pretty easily by just letting it dry stretched under the modeling lamps.

    I got a really good deal locally on some seamless, but pretty-much everything I get from here on out will be muslin except where the texture doesn't work and there's a short working distance.
     
  7. marclapierre13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am currently using just a white pull down blind, but it has a little crinkling in it, so Ill have to get some muslin or try to use a regular white sheet.
    I wouldnt mind getting some nice lighting as well:D
     
  8. Cashaw macrumors newbie

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    I like...

    blue or green screening. I can do extra things in post processing. Just make sure you put enough room between you subject and the screen. My current screen is paper, which in my experience does the job because in most cases I am editing it out.
     
  9. fart macrumors regular

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    take a trip to your local photography or art supply store, they usually have seamless paper for use as portrait backgrounds.
     
  10. marclapierre13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I went to Blacks, they had no clue what to use as a background. I think for now Ill just use a white sheet, and down the road get some better quality muslin, and get a proper set up with brackets and stands.
     

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