How To Make a DIY Handpainted Backdrop

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With winters lasting for 6 months in Toronto, I find that outdoor shoots are put on hold for pretty much the entire time. Because of that, I try improving my studio work during the indoor hermitting season as much as possible. That way once spring kicks in I can go back to shooting outdoors at full power.

All of my previous studio work (which is limited) involved either a blank wall in my house or a blank wall in my house with a grey paper backdrop that I purchased at Henry’s for $40 CAD. This year, when I was asked to shoot an album cover, I knew it was time to figure out something a little more sophisticated. Cue in NEW BACKDROPS!

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Using Cheap Wallpaper As Backgrounds For Professional Looking Product Shots

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The backgrounds we use for our shots make a big difference in the final photo. I have covered quite a few options before, all are pretty accessible and today I want to share another quick and budget minded technique – using wall paper or colored paper for your background. (See these if you need some backdrop inspiration: illustration board, white background & gel & DIY wooden table).

I first saw this being done on flickr and wanted to give it a try. Here are a few ideas on using different paper backgrounds plus few tricks on lighting. [Read more…]

3 (+1) DIY Backdrops That You Find Right At Home

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When I started photography I was very interested in learning everything I can about studio photography. Obviously, I didn’t have a studio back then, so I needed to work with what I had to create photographs that looked just as good as their studio-taken counterparts.

Here are three different backdrops I used to create a high-end feeling to my photos. You can find them all in your house. Plus an additional cool background you can use which is made out of tarpaulin. [Read more…]

Easy Infinite Blackdrop

Over time, we covered quite a lot of infinite white tutorials, but I think this is the first infinite black backdrop we are sharing. This one comes from UglyMcGregor and the smarts of it is that it scales down to small and cramped spaces like home studios.

Creating An Infinite Black Background

The setup uses a black backdrop that covers the entire body of the singer. McGregor actually uses a bought background, but any other black fabric will work. The only thing you have to make sure is that it is perfectly smooth and creaseless. If you are using a seamless paper, you are probably good, but for fabric, you ay want to iron our any folds and really stretch out the material. The smarts for this setup lies in the lighting. [Read more…]

Using a Collapsible Backdrop On Location – Product Review

Portrait on Black Using a Collapsible Disk (by udijw)Some time ago, I was contacted by B&H to do a review on Impact’s Collapsible Background (Black and White 5′ X 7′).

I love using collapsible backdrops on location as they give me some freedom with regards to choosing a background. While I prefer working with existing walls / plants / fences to crate appealing backgrounds, this is not always possible. And this is where the collapsible comes in handy. [Read more…]

Fencing For Background

Taeer Standing In front Of Our New Fence (by udijw)As many of you know, I moved to a new place a few months back. (And took down a ten ton wall when doing so). Now remember that story about Thomas Sawyer and the fence?

It starts as Tom got a punishment to whitewash his fence on Saturday. Bummer. However, Tom finds a clever way to both avoid the task and profit from it. He pretends that this whitewashing is so much fun that his friends want to take part in the mission. But our clever Tom, he charges his friends to whitewash the fence. How cool is that?

Anyhow, my story is kinda similar. I got the task from my wife, which is similar. But in my story none of friends paid me to build the fence and there’s a very nice dinner involved.

While putting is fence up is definitely DIY, you must be asking yourself what it has to do with photography. Find out after the jump. [Read more…]

Infinite White

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OK, I’ll admit it. Over the last month or so, I’ve been obsessing with home studio tweaks – backgrounds and seamless whites in particular. No wonder too. I’m about to enter my own kids place space studio in about a month now.

This setup has been around for over a year on the web. I can’t believe it went under the radar. It’s cheap, quick to build and kill and best of all it is continuous, so it is also good for video A-LA matrix style.

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One. Two. Three. White Background

Headshot - White BackgroundHow do you take a lovely portrait like this, on a perfect white background? Of course you’ll need a beautiful model. But how would you handle the lighting? Just throw about 10000 Watts/Seconds on your seamless white and you’re good. 

Or use a single strobe and 5$ worth of white Coroplast. Read on for the full details. 

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