I only have two backgrounds in my (home)studio, a white seamless paper and a black wall. I use my seamless white paper for almost every shoot that I do, unless of course, I need to shoot on a black background (in that case I use the black wall). I always tell my students how important it is to have a a seamless white in your arsenal. It costs around $35, and while it is just one piece of equipment, it can be used to create many different looks and styles. Here are some examples and lighting setups you can use that utilize a seamless white.
Of course, you can also use a canvas, a woven background, vinyl or any other “big white thing”. [Read more...]