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Coloring the Background
Old 03-20-2005, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've seen an image or two where it seems the background color was achieved by lighting the seemless with gelled strobes. The main color was a light purplish and there was a horizontal band of magenta. I am guessing this was done using a grey background, perhaps something close to the 18 percent value. Since the manufacturers offer several grey colors, I am not sure which would be the best shade to order. Thoughts, anyone? Or does another color work better?
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You are correct in that you want something around 18% gray. I've seen photographers also use black, but for paper seamless I use something like Savage's Thunder Gray. The lighter the background the more dilute the color, so you don't want anything too light. Also, if you are using gels and a background light to color the background, make sure your main light doesn't spill onto the background or it will dilute or overpower the color of the gel.

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Chip,

The catalogs I have show lots of grays: slate, pursuit, dove, oxford, thunder, etc. It was a bit confusing, not knowing for sure how accurate the color rendition might have been on the printed page. So thanks for the tip on the one you think would work best. Much appreciated.

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