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Chroma-Key or What? There\'s got to be a better way...
Old 06-22-2005, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to do some pin-up, cheesecake stuff with a new model on a remote location. How can I shoot for those funky, colorful backgrounds in vintage pin-up style on location? Am I going to have to shell out $$$ for chroma-key or is there a better way?

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Mmm describe the remote location?
maybe you can incorporate it..instead of trying to replace it with photoshop.
maybe?
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Hmm. Good thought. This will be a house with some antiques in it. We will be able to move some of the antiques around. I was hopeing to get some of the shots with some of those smooth colorful backgrounds in vintage pin-ups.

Like this one: Dita Von Teese
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I have good results by just using a white seamless background. Have the model about 8 feet in front of it and light it evenly at about 1 stop over the Main light on the model. It is then easy to do a knockout of the model from the background for incorporation into another scene.



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Aw...I have always love Dita!!!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Why not just bring one grey backdrop and some gels?
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Don't waste your time or a single dime on Chroma key anything. Not for still photography, anyway. The extraction process is STILL a manual one, and works better IMO with white, gray and beige backgrounds. Technology still has to come up the curve for digital still photography when it comes to chroma key use.
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Is your client is insisting on hitting those exact colors, if not then just find something close. alot of the pin-ups seem to float around the pastel color gamet which is normally easy to replicate either 4c or on photographic paper.
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The client wants all digital at this point. Forgive my ignorance, but can I do what you are suggesting with digital?

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Greg I found for removing people from a background that a medium gray seamless works best for me..I also use a plugin called Procreate Knockout2..it works really well for extracting hair...the problem I found using white is if the lighting isnt exactly right..you get a bit of a white flare alone the outter pixels of the skin..which is very noticable...before I started photography I did this in photoshop for years..and experimenting found the gray seamless to work the best..
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However in the long run..your going to wish you had shot it the way you wanted it to be in your set up...it never seems to be as good as it would have been had you shot it with the background you want.
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