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Melissa Sweeney
 

Studio Wall Color


What color should I use to paint the studio wall that I use as a backdrop when taking portraits?


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7/8/2006 10:13:20 AM

 
Collette Photography
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/21/2005
  I would do either white or black, but probably white. If you shoot digitally and edit them, then it would be easy for you to extract a white wall and replace it with a different background. That's just my thought ,though!!


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7/8/2006 12:09:46 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Collette's right in that either black or white are the most common colors, but it depends on what and how you like to shoot and whether you're shooting with film or digitally, I guess. I don't do digital. But our studio has a shooting cove that appears seamless right down to the floor line. The walls are all flat black - except one, which is bright white for its reflective value. But we also use Bogen autopoles that allow seamless paper backgrounds to roll down like big window shades to give any color we want really, and rolling flats that are essentially portable wall sections with different textures like faux brick, plaster, canvas, etc. The walls themselves can be quickly painted in about an hour or so and left to dry overnight. Clients pay for the background colors, including paint or seamless. You might want to score a book on studio design and see what the latest and greatest is these days.
Take it light.
Mark


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7/9/2006 10:02:24 AM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Ooooh I dream of having a studio :) Nice info to have.


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7/9/2006 10:48:50 AM

 
anonymous 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  I am in the process of building a studio, and I will be painting my wall white, but also with a pulley system in order to have a black velvet type backdrop as well. The reason I am having the white wall instead of the black: I can get a smooth finish with white, and as it is a solid structure, I won't get get any "crease" marks that are easily seen on light-coloured backdrops. I am going with a cloth black backdrop, cause if there are "crease" marks, they are not seen due to the fabric being black. I hope this helps.


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7/9/2006 5:43:55 PM

 
Mary Lyn Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2004
  We just redid our studio walls. The Northside of the building has windows and is in a corner. So we painted that corner a light and I mean light cool yellow. The rest of the background wall is white. We also very inexpensively put our muslin on a track system with thick wire and stretcher clamps for the track and shower curtain hangers put through gromets at the top of the muslin. To keep the muslins off the floor, we fold them up and secure them with a bunge cord. Just another idea. Mary Lyn,


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7/10/2006 5:31:07 AM

 
Melissa Sweeney   Thanks Guys. That's what I thought just wanted to make sure.


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7/10/2006 6:19:15 PM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  all studio's are white, unless they are duh-du-dah


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7/10/2006 10:35:28 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Brady you can't make such vague generalizations. Melissa the first thing in photography to learn is that there are no absolutes. Every rule is made to be broken at some point. No not all studios are white. It could all depend. I've seen a lot of studios on TV that are actually black, or extremely dark. But not all, there's some white/bright ones and there's some dark ones. Tim Kelley's studio is actually a very warm color. You can see the virtual tour of his studio here.


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7/11/2006 2:57:13 AM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  the pro's use it, they want the bounce


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7/11/2006 9:01:32 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  why?


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7/12/2006 2:36:04 AM

 
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