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Old 11-21-2009, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

We've just added a white seamless background in our studio to try out high key portrait, fashion, and glamour work. I've never shot a white background. I have a four light system, with two umbrellas (main and fill light), background light, and hair light. I have models available and would like to get started right away. Thanks for any advice or samples of good high key work you can point me to is appreciated.

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Old 11-22-2009, 07:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not nesc High Key but if you want a white bg with limited wrap on your model, Zach Arias has described it better than anyone I'm aware of.

http://www.zarias.com/?p=71

You may not use it verbatim but I'm willing to bet you'll learn something.

Enjoy!

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Old 11-22-2009, 10:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey, that's quite a tutorial. Thanks for sharing the link.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The tutorial referenced above is pretty good, but infers you have a big space, and lots of lights.

Here are a few comments for a little easier set up.

The bi-fold doors work, but I think you can make life easier if you use foamcore instead. 4X8' sheets of foamcore are hard to find outside of major metro areas, and even then it's not something you carry home in your car. However, many of the office supply places (Office Max, Staples) carry 30" by 40" sheets of 1/4" white foamcore in packs of three sheets for around $17. Two packages give you enough material to make two bi-folds with a 80" by 30" panel and a 80" by 15' panel. You'll have to get some square molding or 1X2" lumber to glue the stacked panels together, and then use duct tape for the hinge. Much lighter and can be used for set making by gluing seamless, wallpaper, or fabric over the panels.

I've used one light on white backgrounds. It's placed off to the side as shown in the tutorial. You may have to move it out a little further from the background and crank up the output a bit, but the light spread seems to work okay.

The tile board is primarily to save the seamless. You can just pull the seamless out a bit further on the floor if you don't mind cutting off the soiled portion where the model has walked on it. You can use both sides of the seamless. If you can get the models to 'scuff' their feet on a small piece of scrap seamless BEFORE they step onto the roll, you will extend the life of the paper a lot.Yes, you'll run through seamless faster, but you won't be wrestling 4X8" sheets of tileboard around.

The nice thing about a white background is that by using gells on your background light(s), you can get just about any color background you want.
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Note on the the bifold doors. I decided to make my own from white paneling. By the time I bought the frame boards, paneling, hinges... it would have been cheaper and easier to go with the doors. I used Zack Arias's setup in my single car garage. You just have to control the light.
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