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Photography Studio Lighting Set Up Tips

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Working with studio lighting can be a challenge, especially when you are just starting out. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started with studio portraiture. Consider this. Just how many sources of light does Earth have naturally? The sun, right? Consider the sky and amazingly, the ground beneath your feet that reflects light back into the darker shadows. The light that is reflected back is also known as fill light. If we didn’t have fill light in our everyday lives, we wouldn’t see any details and what we’d see would be completely black. Just as one source lights our entire planet, one primary light source in a studio can be sufficient to light your whole photo shoot.

An Introduction to Effective Green Screen Production

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Digital Photography, Green Screens, Photography Backdrops

green screen girl

Sometimes a photographer is unable to find the perfect background to achieve a desired look for a portrait shoot. Thanks to digital photography, photographers can now remove the background and insert the perfect one for their needs. Green screen technology allows photographers to produce digitally enhanced photos also known as “Chroma keying.” Chroma keying is used by both professional and amateur photographers as a way to eliminate any on-site background challenges.
When you first think about the prospect of being able to set your photos to any location you want, it can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t consider yourself a computer whiz or a graphic design expert. But relax. Developing some basic skills of green screen photography is not rocket science. It simply requires that you take a little time to learn the techniques and practice with different backgrounds to see what you can do. Not only does a green screen make a great photo backdrop for still photos, but once you are used to the process, even videos will be possible using chroma key methods.

5 Simple Steps to Posing Families

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Group Photography, Portrait Photography

family of 4 posing outside

Do you have a large family photo album with vacation photos that all seems to be the same? Here is the line of family members next to Black Diamond ski lift. Here is another one of everyone lines up in front of Old Faithful. Here is one… well, you get the idea. Would you like to be able to take better family portraits and add some pizzazz to your albums? You might be surprised to learn it is not really as difficult as you might think.

How to Break the Rules of Photography Successfully

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photographer Tips, Photography Tips

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Most photographers have a rebellious streak. If not, we’d all be engineers or mathematicians like our parents always wanted. Instead we took to spending excessive amounts of time in complete darkness, inordinate amounts of money on  cameras, studio equipment and Photoshop, and decided we wanted to snap photos of (sometimes unwilling) people and make a living doing it. The irony of this, as most artists can probably argue, is that as soon as you set off on your artistically-inclined rebellion, you encounter a laundry list of rules: the rule of thirds, rules about leading lines, color, and symmetry. And while all artistic fields do demand a certain element of structure, some of these rules are better off left behind.
Here are five rules of photography which are just begging for your leather-donning teenage alter-ego to break—at least once in awhile.

Studio vs. Outdoor Photography: Which Will Best Suit Your Photography?

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photography Tips, Portrait Photography, Studio Photography

kids holding sign in grass

While some photographers may prefer one over the other, both studio photography and outdoor photography have their advantages. Which you choose will in large part depend on what the needs of you and your subject are. When you are shooting family photos or portrait photography, there are certainly many reasons to choose the studio over the great outdoors, but it is worth considering the pros and cons of both before making a final decision.

What to Do When a Photo Shoot Goes Wrong

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outdoor photographer shooting family portrait

So, the truth is that at some point, when doing location photography, something can and probably will go wrong at a photo shoot. While it’s not the intention here to dwell on the negative, awareness  and preparation can go a long way in handling any inevitable miscues and mishaps. Photo editing after the fact is a great cure to have in your back pocket for some issues, but other issues are best addressed with “an ounce of prevention.”