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Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:59:27 AM »
I am trying to do a little studio work and have rented a black and a white backdrop. Both were ok. I am just curious if there are some generic must have colors to appeal to most types of shots. I looked at a cool background and floor but its eater themed and I don't know if thats too specific since I have none. Any suggestions?
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Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014, 01:48:33 PM »
'Tie-dye' muslin backdrops in blue, gray, gold are common and versatile backdrop colors. 
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2014, 09:39:46 PM »
As with a lot of photography things, it depends.

Do you have style that you've seen and liked?

I've been watching the Peter Hurley headshot vids on youtube and working to emulate the bright white background style, but, also have always liked the dark, shadowy style

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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2014, 09:51:46 PM »
High quality muslins are nice, but they get lots of wrinkles and bends which show up on photos.  Nice ones tend to be expensive as well.

I like seamless paper that comes in rolls.  I use white, black, and grey right now depending on if I feel like high-key, low-key, or more formal/neutral backgrounds.  The background tone/colors can be changed by how much light hits it as well as gelling. 

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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014, 10:17:22 PM »
One thing to note about the seamless paper - it often comes in 9' rolls and they are pretty heavy.  Make sure your support setup is adequate.
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014, 11:29:19 PM »
I ended up with a tye dye blue and black muslin. So far pretty cool. Deinetly seeing the wrinkles. Any suggestions to remove them? I did order clips but they have not come.
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2014, 11:47:15 PM »
While I rarely shoot setups, I took a portraiture class and the instructor used a randomly cut up square of plastic held a distance in front of a continuous light to cast shadows on the background. Add gel(s), and you can change the background color/texture of a gray/white backdrop pretty cheaply, without having any specific wrinkles/etc.
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2014, 07:46:00 PM »
hi,

i use colorama white and black for 99% of the studio shots, i use a globo to create effects on the paper also i use LED colour lights that are normally used for stage work to colour the backgrounds, the effect is very good.

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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2014, 08:32:27 PM »
Hey Fats, I think you have a typo, I am sure you meant gobo (as in "go between" or "go before optics" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobo_%28lighting%29) not globo (as in globe in Portuguese).

Not being funny, just didn't want to send people off on the wrong track.
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2014, 07:30:11 AM »
Hey Fats, I think you have a typo, I am sure you meant gobo (as in "go between" or "go before optics" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobo_%28lighting%29) not globo (as in globe in Portuguese).

Not being funny, just didn't want to send people off on the wrong track.

yep, it should have read, Gobo not globo.

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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2014, 07:59:53 AM »
hi,

i use colorama white and black for 99% of the studio shots, i use a globo to create effects on the paper also i use LED colour lights that are normally used for stage work to colour the backgrounds, the effect is very good.

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I do have a white one so I will try that. Thanks
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2014, 10:35:23 AM »
+1 for gelling a seamless background. I use a set I got from Lovegrove that works great. There are literally hundreds of options available out of 1 set of gels.

http://www.lovegroveconsulting.com/lovegrove_gels.aspx

I haven't used a patterned muslin in years. It's a very "dated" look. A gelled seamless is more modern and allows for much more variety and creativity.
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2014, 11:23:27 AM »
If you use speedlites then a book of sample gels gives you several hundred backgrounds for $2.50.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/45189-REG/Rosco_950SBLUX0103_Roscolux_Swatchbook.html
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2014, 11:35:07 AM »
'Tie-dye' muslin backdrops in blue, gray, gold are common and versatile backdrop colors.
Neuro, you are bad news for people (like me) who suffer from GAS  ;D ... I never heard of Tie-dye and didn't even know what the hell it was, until I read your post ... and just ordered a Tie-dye  Blue Muslin Photo Backdrop from Amazon.
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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2014, 11:48:51 AM »
Any suggestions to remove them? I did order clips but they have not come.
Pulling the background tight is option #1, using a garment steamer is option #2 if option 1 doesnt work. Or if you've got time, gravity works too.

The solution then is to find a way to store the backdrop without wrinkling it after its wrinkle free.

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Re: Which background colors are good to start with for portraits
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2014, 11:48:51 AM »