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Getting White Seemless backdrop White
Old 05-29-2005, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I always seem to have a problem getting my white backdrops white. I have read books and tried some of what they say and still the backdrops do not look right. Well today I set up in my studio and tried different set ups and I think I finally got something that will work. the photo is of yours truly. Do you think I have it right? And can anyone show their setup or explain it on how they get their white backdrops white while keeping their subject exposed properly? I do not have trouble with other colors.

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Re: Getting White Seemless backdrop White
Old 05-29-2005, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Morgan, here is my setup to "blowout" the white seemless and NOT spill onto the subject.

I set two reflecting umbrellas on either side of the seemlees. Both are angled at about a 45 degree angle, roughly 6 ft high reflecting downwards towards the center of the seemless. I have found this protects the subject from spill. If there is indeed spill, the floor seems to absorb it. I used to keep my umbrellas lower and shoot UPWARDS toward the seemless, but there was a significant spill problem for me.

I meter all my lights individually, begiining with the main, then fill and finally the background umbrellas, one at a time. I set my seemless lights at 1/2 to 1 stop hotter than the main. The subject stands about 6 to 8 feet in front of the seemless..this setup works for me in my studio.

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How about getting the floor white?
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I do the same thing and it works fine for the background. However, a bigger challenge seems to be to keep the floor white for a full length shot! Any suggestions on what to do there?

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Re: Getting White Seemless backdrop White
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I was having a problem gettin my WB correct without having a magenta tone to my white seamless.

finally bought a color checker and I shoot it before a session and any lighting change then worry about WB during the processing of the RAWs. very easy and my colors are tons better than when just using manual WB in camera.

as far as lighting the paper. I generally set the background lights to a stop over my main

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