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The perfect white backdrop...

Discussion in 'People' started by the Pond, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. the Pond

    the Pond

    Jan 5, 2007
    ...is easy to achieve with minimal equipment. Here is a three flash setup, with two on the background and one on a white reflective umbrella. Background is three stops brighter than subject (i like to nuke it because i use a white muslin backdrop and need to hid wrinkles in the fabric). One trick I like to use is by having a Gold reflector as fill instead of white or silver. It gives me a nicer skin tone and works for any skin type for great results right out of camera. Give it a try. Have a look....

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    I can achieve full lenght shots if I have to as well. Here is what it looked like a moment before (in a basement).

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    Thanks for looking.
  2. hai-san


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Jose, Ca
    looks great. would of had no idea they were muslin backdrop. i tried this myself last week, except i didn't properly block off the two flashes at the wall, which i used without a backdrop, and that led to a bit of overexposed shoulders, haha. i'll take note of the gold reflector though!
  3. actionshooter


    Aug 26, 2008
    Nice. Were your background flashes behind the muslin (shining through)?
  4. the Pond

    the Pond

    Jan 5, 2007
    The flashes were pointed right at the background. If you shine them through you end up losing more light in my experience and you also get some bleed on to the subject if it is close to the backdrop. One was a 25 year old sb20 and another was a 20 year old sb26.
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