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High Key Backgrounds...Suggestions?
Old 11-17-2004, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the best material to use for this setup? Paper? Muslin? Canvas? I'd like to hear your recommendations and why. Thanks!
 
 
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Old 11-17-2004, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've had the best luck with paper for high key. I believe it's the fact that paper will 'repel' more of the light unlike muslin absorbing it. I only used canvas a couple times before and it was for a low key dreamy look.

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Old 11-17-2004, 06:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Paper or cardboard... White laminate is best.
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Old 11-17-2004, 07:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Paper is great and is probably the mostcommonly used. But if you can put it up permanently, try this. Pick up a roll of the cheapest linoleum you can find, any color and irregulr works great. Turn it upside down and attach it to a wall with the back facing outward and long enough to cover the floor up to several feet from the wall. Then paint it flat white. It yield a great high key background for years. When it gets dirty, just paint it again. If used over a carpet, paper will wrinkle and tear, but this stuff will work fine.

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I pretty much use whatever I have on hand. With the appropriate lighting all backgrounds can be made completely white. I learned this back in the old days from lectures by Peter Gowland and Dean Collins.
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Old 11-18-2004, 02:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Paper is probably the easiest to use, if you can hang it permanently. The big rolls are kind of a pain to put up and take down, IMHO. I normally use a big chunk of white muslin just because it's easy to roll up and stuff into a bag. For the floor I've been using a couple of panels I bought at Home Depot. Not sure what they are, but I think they're the panels used for dry-erase boards. I kind of like the reflection.

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Old 11-18-2004, 03:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i hate to do this but there might be one other person reading this wondering...
what is high key vs. low key?

and what kind of lighting would make any background dissappear? (not looking for a super detailed answer just some idea)
 
 
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Generally, you can make just about any background "blow out" and appear perfectly white if you put enough light on it. The all-white backgrounds are done simply by putting so much light on them that the camera is unable to record any detail or color. Intentional overexposure.

One definition of "high-key" would be that the majority of the image area is lighter than a neutral color, like an 18% gray card. A "low-key" image would be just the opposite. The terms are used so loosely that definitions vary widely.
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Simplyelena, take a look at Larry's post in this thread, it's a good example of high key lighting.
 
 
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My take on high key

One main light (softbox), two background lights (open reflector) on white paper





My take on "low key"

one mainlight (softbox) and one gold umbrella for fill, black paper




As was stated above, for each photographer there is another definition...I believe that Doug Lester has shown (here, somewhere) as high as high key can get...And my friend "Shadow" has recently posted a fab high key image from the Las Vegas Supershoot.

I'm sure that you can find their posts of better examples than mine if you search for "high key"

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