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In photography, background usually refers to either an artificial backdrop placed behind the subject in studio photography, or more generally, the area in any picture that's behind the main subject.

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How can I get a sharp image of my cat against a white background with basic equipment?

I am a complete beginner and wish to photograph my cats on plain white backgrounds with the cat appearing very crisp and detailed. Can anyone tell me how to achieve this without buying lots of ...
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How do I easily remove an almost-white background?

I want a "product shot" style photo of several small objects without any background (pure white background). Knowing the hours of work involved in properly deep-etching, but not having nice lighting ...
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Looking for tips for indoors maternity shoot

Photography is my weekend hobby and I am still in the basic skill level. I recently upgraded to a used Nikon D80 with DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens and I am still learning how to use it. I have really ...
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How do I get a blurry background? [duplicate]

How do I get a blurry background? I am a beginner and I have no idea.
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How do I create a lighting setup where the centre is lighter than edges?

Can someone please tell me what I need to get a lighting setup similar to this? The centre is illuminated and it subtly gets darker around the edges.
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How do I properly do shadowless product photos?

My friend asked me to create a photo like this: I noticed that its shadowless and my first question is whether it was setup to be shadowless, or was it made shadowless in post? How many lights are ...
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white back ground [duplicate]

I am a retailer that is starting a web store. My problem is I'm not a photographer. I have taken several picture of my shoes in a photo booth that I have purchased.I cant seem to get the back ground ...
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How to photograph subject on white seamless background using continuous lighting without post editing?

First of all before I go into detail with my question I should mention that I have already read the similar question page "Why can't I get a decent white background with product photography?" The ...
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Silver Bracelet Photography with 100% pure white Background [duplicate]

i am selling Bracelet in Amazon and i am facing hard time taking white back photography for silver bracelets. The following image is from another seller. This is the quality i needed. But all i ...
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How do you avoid a dim portrait with a bright background and no external flash?

I took a picture once in a beautiful location with an awesome background, and a cool location to get the shot. The problem is, the location of the subject had substantially less light then the ...
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How can I inexpensively create the white backdrop look?

I'm about to do some more clothing photography, this time with the clothing flat on the floor and the camera looking straight down at the subject. Does anyone have any tips for creating an ...
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How do I shoot a self-portrait with a clear white background at home?

I want to do a self-portrait at home with a clear white background. How can I do it without buying expensive accessories (I mean with things we can found in home)? What's the correct light settings ...
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HOW can i make dark foreground? [duplicate]

How can make white background but the person in foreground is dark? Like this one : http://i.ytimg.com/vi/aV8NqiYjuIc/mqdefault.jpg Thanks all
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Help with backdrop dimensions

I am doing indoor photos for my church and was told to get 3 yards (around 2.75 meters) of fabric as a backdrop. I shoot outdoor and have never had to deal with backdrops before. The 3 yards (2.75 m) ...
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How do I set focus so I get a blurred background? [duplicate]

I am a newbie and I clicked this photo at around 8 PM: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137346749@N02/22513426779/in/datetaken/ I was around 1.5m away from the subject. I wanted to focus on the lady ...
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How can I further decrease the exposure in a studio environment?

I was trying a few things yesterday involving a studio backdrop which was lit using a grid to provide a gradient effect and a subject about 3ft in front of it, with its own lighting through umbrellas. ...
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Why can't I get a decent white background with product photography?

I'm a new photographer, and I'm trying to take photos of a product with a pure white background (#ffffff). I'm using a light box (something like this one), so my lighting should be solid. But I can'...
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How do you light the background for chroma key work?

How do you use flashes to achieve an even, well-lit background when photographing a subject against a green or blue chromakey background? One flash, two? What position? What about light modifiers, ...
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How to change the background of pic? [duplicate]

I want to change the whole background.I have installed many apps for this purpose that demands to erase that part of pic.and i can't do it well..I think no one can do this well.I just want that thing ...
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How do I create product photos with a black background and reflections?

This is the kind of product image I'd like to make: What equipment do I need (set up, background, mirror, etc.)? Some pointers to material for learning would be nice!
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How to get a white background when photoshooting clothing [duplicate]

I am trying to shoot some garments such as hoodie tshirts. I am using 2 softboxes with white lights of 350W each on a white background. The lighting looks good. As per camera, I am using my 18-105mm ...
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When were white seamless backgrounds and platforms first used in studio lighting?

Amazon has just been granted a patent on the method for using: A white seamless background An elevated platform Rear-facing lights ...in order to make the entire background and platform disappear ...
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How to avoid shadows on the background when photographing with flash in darker areas?

This is ruining my photos and I don't know how to solve it. I will post the result photo and you tell me the wrong things I am doing resulting in this! And how to fix it :) Light was a Profoto B1 ...
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How can I make product photos with solid-colored backgrounds?

I'm trying to achieve an effect so the part of the product photo is filled with a solid color background, something similar to: Currently I have two ideas on how to implement this: Shoot a ...
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Are 2x 160w strobe lights enough to overexpose a 5x10' background?

I have been using continuous lighting for mannequin pictures and it was quite difficult to overexpose the background all the time however I made it work. Due to my dog ( long story) I am being forced ...
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What is the easiest way to take a shot to remove the background?

I've tried Photoshopping a lot of high-res images from Google with a solid white and solid black background but it's just so very difficult to get a sharp crisp real image on a transparent background. ...
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What is the best way to photograph an object when the background has to be replaced in post?

I plan to shoot an object (a banana peel to be precise) and then replace the background with another image¹. What would be the most effective approach given the following conditions: Canon 550D ...
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What kind of 'guerrilla' background / backdrop is being used in Felipe Dana's Cracklands portraits?

I love the streetwise way of taking portrait photos in the subject's own environment used in Felipe Dana's Portraits from Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Cracklands’ series. But I'm wondering if the white backdrop,...
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How can I effectively change the background of a portrait in Photoshop?

I have often attempted to change the background of a portrait image. But every time I try, the image of a person doesn't gel properly with the new background. It doesn't look seamless. Can some one ...
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White background - overexposed subject

I'm trying to take decent shots of garments with a blown-out white background. I'm using a Nikon d3200 with flash and an SB-700 as a remote flash in su4 mode just next to the mannequin pointed ...
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How can I improve my clothing photography with a limited budget?

I am shooting pictures for our sleepwear brand but I have limited budget/equipment: Nikon D40 Lenses: 18-105mm & 50mm f1.8 Flash: Yongnuo YN-560 Tripod We have some lights from the top that I ...
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Photographing Signage

I work for a sign company and part of my job is taking pictures of completed projects. As of right now I have not been staging the signs or anything and am wanting to change that. I was planning on ...
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How can I remove all transient objects from multiple photos, leaving only the background? [duplicate]

I have multiple images of (let's say) a busy street. All taken with the exact same angle, and the people are moving around. It stands to reason that if I could compare all images and get only "the ...
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How to Get a Whiter Background when Taking Photos Against An Off White Wall? [duplicate]

I am trying to take a photo of a banner against an off white wall. Is there a way to get a pure white background and the banner colors not be overexposed? I am using a point a point and shoot camera ...
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How to use a green screen to change the background color while preserving shadows?

I want to take a picture of my chair and place it in different rooms or apply different wallpapers in the background without losing the shadows or the lights in the background. First of all, do I ...
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What are good things I can use as background roll supports?

I often buy backgrounds that come rolled but often need extra strengthening to make it easier to roll them back up and to go onto a background support easier. I am lucky that some of the ...
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Bulk color-correct portrait backgrounds

I took a whole series of portraits (like 100 keepers) at my church and only had one speedlight and no gels, so my backdrop is yellowish in all of them. What is the best way to process these so the ...
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Studio backdrop for clean colored background?

If I wanted to get a really clean colored background like here, what kind of material should I use for the backdrop? My first instinct would be paper, but matte has a very slight texture and glossy ...
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How are these clothes pictures being photographed?

I want to know how these clothing sets are being photographed? is it on hangers or on the ground? How can I blow out the background completely like this?
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How can I blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground?

I'm looking for suggestions to blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground. I've tried putting the clothing on a plain white background that I typically use when shooting ...
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Is there an “optimal” background distance when striving for a minimally distracting background?

Let's assume a thin lens and an object O in focus at a distance of dO from the lens. Further, let's assume there's a large out-of-focus background object B at a distance of dB. Now, we know ...
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How to make a photo background fully white? [duplicate]

I have photos of a product and I would like to create a white background behind it. Like it is done in this example: I have tried playing with levels and the brightness but that also messes up the ...
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How to take a white product on a white background? [duplicate]

I can't get a decent white background on my product shots Here are few samples After editing in Photoshop
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Portrait on a blue background which color should the model wear?

I was wondering, in the case of a classic head + shoulder portrait, which color of clothes should the model wear to improve the photo? What if is a white skin model? an Asian skin model? Dark skin ...
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What is the best paint to use to make backdrops for studio photography with blown out white backgrounds, and dark black backgrounds

I'm very interested in the best paint to create some studio-like backdrops for doing studio photography. My aim is to take some fashion shots with blown-out white backgrounds, and also with dark ...
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Which metering mode is best for portraiture using a white background?

I was wondering whether its best to use spot, centre weighted or matrix metering for portraiture when using a white background. It feels like it could be better to use spot or centre weighted to make ...
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How can I get consistent backgrounds when shooting white objects on white background?

The problem is when I shoot white object, the background becomes much lighter. Besides that, white object "blends" with background. I'm not aiming for pure white background, slight grey (as on ...
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Are there any downsides to using white printer paper as background for product photography?

We bought following background paper roll carton for product photography and we are very pleased with our setup and results, especially after post processing. Background super-white: http://www....
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Custom Background - In SLRs [duplicate]

There is a background image. We can take a new picture with some white/black background, and select the required parts from this new photo and put it in background image. This can be done using any ...
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how do I get a black background on a portrait in post? [duplicate]

How can I make a pitch black background on this portrait in post? I have seen similar question asking how the same can be achieved "not with post." Mine is the opposite. The picture has been already ...