Quick Tip: Light Modifiers For High Key Lighting

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A solid white background, such as seamless paper is used when shooting high key lighting. This type of shot can also be used against a solid white wall or similar, simple background. The placement and number of lights used are huge factors when trying to achieve the best possible high key lighting photography. Let’s take a look at a sample studio set up to see how shoot using high key lighting. For this sample you will need nine-foot white seamless background paper. A three or four light setup will also be needed. Place two of the lights approximately two to three feet away from the backdrop to highlight and illuminate the background. These lights should be set at a 45-degree angle toward the background. Place the key light, also referred to as the main light, off to one side of the subject at approximately five feet away. This light should also be set at a 45-degree angle to the subject. Set the fill light on the opposite side from the key light at the same distance and angle. Your background lights should be set at least one F-stop over the lighting on the subject. For example, if you are shooting the subject at F/11, set the background lighting at F/16. If you are shooting in a large studio or warehouse, you can place the subject further away from the background, but set the background lighting two or three stops over the subject lighting. When shooting in smaller areas, the use of gobos can help prevent strobe flares on the edge of your subjects. Use a light meter on your subject to produce an overall setting of F/11. The settings of each light will depend upon the types of lights you are using, but the overall setting should be the F/11. A soft box work best in high key lighting setups over other light modifiers. If your studio is narrow, select a shallow soft box. If space is not an issue try experimenting with a Photoflex soft box. There are different makes and models of soft boxes available, in all shapes and sizes, making it possible to find the best one for your photographic needs.

-Backdrop Express Photography Team

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.

Choosing A Photographic Studio Backdrop

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Photo : Gilbert Rossi

When choosing photo backgrounds, photographers have a wide range of choices available, and each choice offers different benefits and drawbacks depending on the conditions involved in a photo shoot. By choosing the right type of  photo backdrop the photographer can achieve the affect they are looking for… The choices of backgrounds for photography can include muslin, chroma key,photographic cloth, canvas, and vinyl.

Choosing The Right Studio Backdrop

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There are so many different types, designs and styles of photography backdrops to choose from when selecting a backdrop for your studio. There are two types of backdrops that are popular among photographers : muslin and canvas. When selecting a photographic backdrop you must make a list of your photo needs and your studio’s needs.

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

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Photo : Edmond Leung

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.