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Sharon  Day
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Need help with white background


 
 
Would someone explain to me how to get a shockingly white background when shooting a flower in front of said white background? Will I have to get studio lights to pull this off? I bounced the flash off the ceiling and used a reflector on the background. Obviously this isn't the trick :o)! I'll try to attach a photo I took a few minutes ago. Thanks!


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10/4/2006 10:57:14 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Hi Sharon...
I am doing alot of white bg's lately and have found either white muslin or Cardstock do great, depending on how big you need it...
I use natural light and never use my flash. I make sure while outside that I am NOT in direct light. And I up my exposure to about + 0.7 to + 1.0 Somewhere in there should get your bg nice and bright... my gallery has a few I have done recently that are very white and had very little editing... My Dandelion is right off the camera... And very bright while leaving the flower perfectly exposed... Go take a look if you like... Hope this helps.. Simply over-exposing slightly is my best advice.. If it's not quite right when you upload them... Play with the Brightness and Contrast a bit, you are sure to get a white you love!! Good luck!!


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10/4/2006 1:00:26 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  The light on the subject is perfect.
You need to get a little more light on the background to get it white.


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10/4/2006 1:56:44 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Thanks, Kara & Bob! I kinda knew the background had to have more light but I can not figure out how to make that happen.


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10/4/2006 6:57:46 PM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  Not to sound funny, but I have even read here how some photographers even use flashlights...don't be afraid to experiment and have fun!


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10/5/2006 3:58:41 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Thanks, Debbie! I've tried flashlights from time to time. They are fun for some things and work well, but with this the background has to be so much brighter than the subject I don't think it's possible a flashlight will have enough output. What I think I need is one of those spot lights like you see crossing back and forth across the sky at a carnival :o)! Maybe if I had one of those I could shine on the background it might be bright enough :D.


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10/5/2006 4:27:37 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  if its a small flower you can try a light box, even out side it would work, youll need to light it from the top or side with a flash though.. dont be afraid of using a flash, its your friend..lol if you made a light box and put it over the subject then flashed through the box from above or from the side with your flash gun... (off camera flash cord needed here) and sorta, directed it to the side, youd be in business. even better, is if your cam and flash have sync cord jacks on em, use a sync cord for the off cam flash and use also the on cam flas for the subject..get creative! its fun!


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10/6/2006 6:22:02 AM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  ok, sometimes I answer people's questions here and not look at their galleries. I always do go back when I get the time and look back at their galleries. Yours is just phenominal and I congratulate you for your gift and your wonderful work.


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10/6/2006 6:28:01 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Thank you, Craig! I'll try making a light box. I do have more than one flash but not the cords.

Debbie, thank you for such a nice compliment! There is a lot I do not know so this is a great place to ask questions.


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10/6/2006 7:41:20 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Ok, I got my white background. I took 2 120W flood lights. I pointed 2 of them at the background and one towards the rose and then overexposed the shot about 2 stops. Even then I had to lighten it up quite a bit in PS but I did not have to touch up the background. The rose was just a little too dark yet. I don't like the darkness around the edges of the petals so back to the drawing board :o)! Here's the latest. Obviously the rose is getting tired LOL.


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10/6/2006 3:35:19 PM

 
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