Muslin Backdrops & Green Screens

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green screen backdrop You’ve probably seen the use of green screen techniques in movies but you might not know that you can use a muslin backdrop or chroma key paint to create a neutral background. This allows you to add different backdrops later. Muslin and chroma key paint each have their advantages and disadvantages, including their cost. For the most part however, you can get professional results by using either technique.

Choosing The Right Lighting In Studio Or Stock Photography

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     Whether shooting photographs of food, jewelry, cars, people, or something completely different, lighting and photographic backdrops and additional props are all used differently in order to achieve the desired results. Lighting plays a significant role in photography, and changes in light will change the overall effect of the photograph, as well as the mood it instills. It is the goal of an experienced photographer to create a seamless transition from outdoors to indoors by simulating outdoor lighting inside his studio. By combining the right light and appropriate studio backdrops, the photographer can imitate a rainy afternoon or a bright cloudless day.
Photographing Food The key to emphasizing texture in food is to use smaller lights, keeping the lights close to the subject. One mistake often made by less experienced photographers is to overuse front lighting. This lighting will give you the least amount of texture possible. Of course, the mood you wish to create and the photography backdrop you choose to use will also determine the lighting you should use. Natural light is always preferable, so if you can place the food near a window during your shoot, it will greatly enhance your results.
Photographing Jewelry Continuous light is more effective in photographing jewelry than a flash because jewelry has lots of reflective surfaces that will reflect the flash and mar your photographs. When you use continuous lighting and a contrasting background for photography, you will easily be able to see what your photographs will look like before you take them. It is still wise to diffuse the light you use; fluorescent lights are appropriate for use when photographing jewelry.

Muslin Backdrops Explained

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Looking good and saving money is more important than ever, and this affects the arts. Theater and photography are two areas that are no strangers to this reality. Fortunately, both disciplines have been able to come out looking their best while staying within their budgets by taking advantage of the versatility of muslin backdrops.
 
Muslin backdrops are lightweight, easy to transport, and are machine washable. They don’t tend to wrinkle so they are great for providing a seamless look. Since muslin backdrops for photography come in a variety of colors and are more durable than paper they have become quite popular in today’s photography market.
But muslin backdrops for photography are not the only way to make muslin backdrops useful, they are also popular in theater productions. Hand painted muslins make excellent theater backdrops because they are lighter than canvas and easier to transport for traveling shows. Using painted muslin backdrops lends a bit of authenticity to a theatrical set that will give it an extra edge as plays compete with the movie genre.
Between their great versatility as backdrops for photography and their usefulness as part of sets for theatrical sets muslin backdrops have earned their place as a popular and go to choice for those who need a quick change of scenery. If treated with care they can last quite a while and are sure to get even more popular.

Black Or Dark Photography Backdrops

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One way to get a great look out of your photographic backdrops is to experiment with black photographic backdrops. By choosing black or darker colors for your photographic backdrop you add an element of drama that will draw the viewer’s eyes right to your subject. By experimenting with your light set up you can get varying effects. You can use a white or colored spotlight against your subject for a softer or vibrant feel, or let clothing fade into the backdrop to focus on your subject’s face and bring a little mystery into your photo shoot. 
In addition to black or dark muslin backdrops you can also go with collapsible black backdrop making it easy to bring your black background on location, so you won’t be limited to studio backdrops. On location you’ll find accessories that will pop out of a black backdrop. With the right background support system you can experiment with a wide range of sizes from 10′ x 12′ to 10′ x 24′, giving you lots of choices of ways to shoot photos against your black/dark photographic backdrop.

Plain Backdrops: How Are They Effective For Still Life Photography?

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When undergoing your still life photography project, it is important to choose photography backdrops that allows your subject as much opportunity as possible to shine. That’s why the best images are achieved when you are able to keep your backdrops simple and seamless.

Photography Techniques : Portrait Light Setting With A Background

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The background on a portrait can enhance the photographic value of the photograph as well as complement the subject. There are a variety of ways to enhance the look of the photographic background, including the use of lighting, backdrops, and shading.


A graduated backdrop can eliminate any unwanted shadows that can be created by strong studio lighting. To create a graduated backdrop you will need an off-camera strobe flash, a grid spot and a remote flash trigger. Also, use a simple photographic backdrop placed behind your subject in a color that will complement the subject’s outfit.

Set up for your portrait as you would normally, including rim, fill and key lights. When placed on the flash head of the camera, the grid spot, will force the light from the flash to be more direct. This will give you more control over the lighting.

Set the flash so it points toward the area of the photographic background where the shadow from the subject will be cast. To find where the shadow will be cast, position the key light in place and shoot sample flashes. To ensure you will get the desired background effect, take several sample photos at various exposures. You may have to experiment with lighting power, position and camera setting until you get the desired effect. Remember, the key to finding the right background and lighting effects is experience and experimentation.