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What would you suggest?
Old 09-21-2004, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have limited funds available and would like to get one background to start out with.

What color would be the best if you could only have one color?

I do have a light tan or beige color muslin drop cloth that I tried using but the effects are kind of blaugh.

I plan on using it for portraits, glamour and maybe some motorcycle pictures for color digital photography with strobes.

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Old 09-21-2004, 06:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Skyhigh backgrounds


A good man runs this company, always worth taking a look around at his stuff. Some of it might be in your price range, some of it might not. You can say Jason from Unique sent you his way, it may open or slam a door depending on what your looking at [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Good luck, and if not a drop, always pays to look into some seamless's, a gel here and there and its fun to play

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Re: What would you suggest?
Old 09-21-2004, 10:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can change the color of your backdrop with the use of gel's over your background light. I've seen brown turned to an acceptable green with a taped on gel.

Has anyone else had luck with this? Or have other suggestions?
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Re: What would you suggest?
Old 09-22-2004, 07:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Check out Funkybackdrops on E-Bay. I have bought 3 from him. Not bad quality and cheap.
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Old 09-22-2004, 12:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I can make it look very differently depending on how I light it..

The bellow photo was used to illustrate how my quick-flip flash bracket works...and shows the real color of my only background..



Bellow is what it can look like when I apply gels to the light..like this off-purple gel.. I can make it red, blue, brown gold, pink, green, purple...etc..



Here is the same one with a blue gel hitting it..for this corp. head shot.



All you need is one..and knowledge of how to use it..

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Old 09-22-2004, 03:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks Jon.

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Old 09-22-2004, 06:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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OK JP

It's off to find some gels for one of my Alien Bees.

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Re: What would you suggest?
Old 09-23-2004, 04:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If you buy white, you can add gels to color it or shoot it as gray or black, depending on the light that is falling on it.
 
 
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The trick to using a background in the classic mode (unless you're trying for a special effect) is to light it seperately from the foreground if possible, but do light it. There are two kinds of simple drops, those with texture, and those without. For catalogs and some portraits, you might want the clean look of a seamless paper. The easiest one to use, unless you really need solid white to the floor for a catalog (for which you can charge the client), is medium gray. You can blow it out to white, or non-light it for black, or use one light for gray (and get a falloff if you aim the light toward one edge). To light the background and foreground seperatly, I maintain a 3-stop falloff from the foreground to the background. In other words, with only the main (foreground) light firing, I take an incident reading from the model's position. Then I take a reading from the background. The goal is to make the background 3 stops lower than the main light. This allows whatever I do (or don't do) to the background, to not be affected by the main light. Yes, this means you need some distance in your studio, or you may have to sidelight and flag off the background.

Frankly my favorite backfrop was a canvas we had at my old studio. It was painted in shades of grade, in a very muted pattern. I used it all the time, sometimes with very shallow depth of field to make it really soft. The following images were all shot with this one backdrop. The first using mixed light - tungsten on the background, strobe in a softbox for the main. The second using the same main, but one head on the background coming from the opposite side (and shot on B/W Polaroid 35mm film.) The last two had all the toys - gels on the background (I could have made it any color), hairlights, and a main.





Bottom line, if I had to pick one color, it would be gray.

(Model is Pamela Anderson circa 1991 - wasn't she cute back then?).

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