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Daphne Mills
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member since: 7/16/2006

Backdrop for Different Dance Costumes?

I will soon be photographing dancers - children of all ages in their recital costumes. All of the costumes are different colors and textures, depending on the number and I'm lost as to what general color would work best for everyone. Help please.

4/25/2008 9:59:28 AM


member since: 9/25/2006
  Ask yourself whether you want the colors to harmonize or contrast with each other. If you have a neutral light grey background, you can make all kinds of different pastel colored backgrounds with colored gels covering your background lights.
Have fun!

4/25/2008 10:29:55 AM

Gretchen E. Boisseau

member since: 9/13/2004

I would recommend going with a neutral background - white, grey or even black. Because you will be photographing so many dancers, trying to get the colours right could be time consuming - I am assuming you won't have a a lot of time to change background colours while you are shooting. You want the focus to be on the kids and their costumes. High key (whie background) and grey backgrounds are quite popular right now... hope this helps - good luck!

4/30/2008 2:30:28 PM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/4/2004
if you use a Grey or White with a backlight,get your self some gels as they will make all the differance in the world.
and you'll find you will use them all the time to expand your background offerings.
I hope this helps,
Debby Tabb

4/30/2008 3:25:31 PM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/4/2004
such as with these.

4/30/2008 3:26:06 PM

Daphne Mills
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/16/2006
  Thanks guys. This has been helpful. I currently have a light grey so I'm going to go with that for now. Gretchen, you're right there won't be much time for changing backdrops.

Thanks again.

4/30/2008 5:50:38 PM


BetterPhoto Member
  I would stick to grey or maybe a tan background. If you are shooting dancers with dark skin, they may get lost in a black backdrop. Deb has some good advice with the gels. Also, you may want to think about using a polarizer filter to make the colors look more vibrant.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

5/1/2008 9:18:50 AM

Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/2/2005
I just did one for my friends daughter-and former basketball player of my husbands- dance was her passion, so she switched completely....anyhoo- I used a balck back drop and am pretty happy with the results: (for her seession)

5/1/2008 8:53:18 PM


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