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Old 11-01-2004, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In magazines you can see these very bright white backgrounds that emit or reflect light on the model. Really looks like the model is standing in front of a giant soft box. Can anyone give tips on how to achieve this effect? Flash through white muslin?

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There was a pretty good discussion on this topic not that long ago. Search the forum for the phrase "What am I doing wrong" and you'll find it. Sorry, but I'm not sure how to link to another forum post inside a message. Maybe somebody can help us out with that too.

Basically the effect you're looking for is most easily accomplished on white seamless, with the background lit about a stop over what the main light meters at. The background will "blow out", appearing perfectly white. Generally, if the light bounces back on the model it's considered a mistake, as the background is either too heavily lit, or the model is too close to it. However, this "mistake" is sometimes used as an interesting effect.

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Old 11-01-2004, 12:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you can accomplish this effect by using a large white silk as a background. you can throw light through the silk or bounce it off of it or both. be advised, a large silk--especialy a china silk--is not an inexpensive item.
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I use a large peice of White Lycra fabric, stretched and clamped to be perfectly smooth as the bkground. I then over light it using a homemade white light flood, made using 16 compact florecent bulbs, throwing over 1600watts of light without heat cooking the model. There are many commercial light sources that can be used as well. The rest is done with proper exposure.

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The key is to get the background two stops over the exposure for the model. And make sure there is enough distance between the model and the background.....

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I agree with Bob on the two stops..you can also use construction paper or minila folders for the back lights to prevent and ambient light..
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Doesn't anyone just use white backdrop paper any more?

I am soooo out of date
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That's what I meant by white seamless. Paper is still pretty popular as far as I know. I've been using a big piece of white muslin because that's just what I happen to have. It's a little easier to carry around than a roll of paper too.

Now is a fine time for me to see if I can figure out how to post a photo. Forgive me if I screw this up....



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Why would you overexpose a WHITE background two stops?

I simply expose as it should be, maybe 0.5 stop over to make sure. The more light you put on the background, the more light will reflect back to the model. I think enough is all you need.
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