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Old 01-13-2005, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting bored with my backgrounds. I've got about a dozen different colors of seamless. Sometimes I put a spot on them and sometimes I don't. Sometimes I put them right up against the bg, but most of the time they're 4-5' in front of it. Once in a while I shoot models on muslin but not very often. I tried out a friends pattern projector and that was sort of interesting but using any pattern with vertical or horizontal lines didn't work very well.

I've kicked around doing something in PS after the fact. Same color, just adding a pattern, so it wouldn't take much time.

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Your backgrounds look great!
Old 01-13-2005, 12:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like the clean look of you backgrounds. Alot of backgrounds complicate portraits, yours do not. I have seen the pattern projectors and I like how they accent the background without overpowering the subject, I have the projectors used on the subject as a accent to the main light that gives a unique style of itsself. I would think that it would be more complex to add something to the background in PS that it is to add it to the shot.You also have a nice clean look to your web site. I have a couple of questions can I give you a call sometime? web page
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Old 01-13-2005, 02:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi George,

Thanks for your thoughts. Sure, call anytime: 614-885-8473

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Here's a really cheap trick to solve some of your background boredom -- add some colored gels to your background lights. This works best on black seamless. I have a whole set of Rosco 14" x 20" color filters (in theater we called them gels) that I place over my lights. I think they sell for $5.95 each at B&H. Both images below were shot against the same black seamless, with the gels adding the color.


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Old 01-14-2005, 07:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Those look good. Looks like you used red on one and brown on the other?

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Top picture uses red on left and blue on right. Bottom pic uses an orange gel.
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There is a great product from Digital Anarchy (www.digitalanarchy.com) called Backdrop Deesigner. It will be featured in an upcoming Digital Innovations column in Shutterbug. Here is an example photo of my wife Mary and the background was totally created with Backdrop Designer. Just shoot on a blue or green screen and take it from there...

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Old 01-16-2005, 08:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Looks pretty good, Joe, but how hard was it to do the extraction? Take much time?

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Paul:

I used Digital Anarchy's Primatte extration tool (plug-in) that works great when shot against a blue/green screen background.

But for this image: the car was shot in color with a Canon EOS 1D Mk II at a car show near Colorado Sprinfs and the background was shot on B&W film using a Horizon panorama camera near my home. The car was extracted from the background-- more complex than a blue/green screen--using Photoshop's built-in Extract tool. Grain was added to the digital image with Photokit from www.PixelGenius.com

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Ummmmmm Joe???
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What happened to the color in Mary's blouse on her right sleeve and shoulder? That doesn't look like an acceptable extraction to me [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

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