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What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background (not with post)?

Often i see portraits such as the one below and like the way they look. I wanted to know can I get this look in my shots. I am sure there are professional materials you can get to outfit a studio ...
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What is background compression?

What does the term "background compression" mean? How would you tell you're achieving it, and how would you achieve it? Ideally, the right answer would also explain how this is related to ...
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Why does a larger aperture cause more blur of the background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Technically, why is the out of focus area blurred more when using a bigger aperture? Why is it that a larger lens aperture produces a shorter depth of field, causing the ...
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How can I create an inexpensive white backdrop?

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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Why can't I get a decent white background with product photgraphy?

Im a new photographer, and I'm trying to take photo's of a product with a pure white background (#ffffff). I'm using a light box (something like this one), so my lightning should be solid. But I ...
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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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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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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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What kind of backdrop works best for a home studio setup?

I want to grow my home setup, and am working on finding the right background for portraiture. I was looking at a black velour photo backdrop am wondering what I should consider. Should it be ...
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How do I get a really black background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background (not with post)? How can I get a pure black background when taking portraits, just like in following picture? ...
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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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What equipment is needed for a basic product shoot studio?

Our college is setting up a photo studio in campus. Mostly the we do product shoots. We have some old strobes, softboxes to start with. We need suggestions on the equipments listed below. Which are ...
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What is the best way to clean studio backgrounds in Photoshop?

Studio backgrounds can be a pain in the but. They get wrinkled, they're hard to roll in and out and they get easily dirty. Does anybody know a good technique (or tutorial) how to clean them in ...
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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 background and maintain realistic effect?

I have like 30 different photos to process like this, but I want to know key things to maintain realistic photo by changing it's background, or maybe just modify background so it would be more ...
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Portrait to Landscape - Common Extra Space Fillers?

I have a lot of portrait photos that I would like to make landscape. They're not high-res enough to just crop out a landscape section of the photo for my purposes. What are common techniques and ...
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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: ...
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How do I equalize the background brighness level for multiple photos?

Imagine that there are 50-60 photos from a photosession. Their background color is white, and nearly every photo's background tone and brightness differs from each other. I want to equalize and get ...
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What are the easiest (and best) solutions for avoiding a blown out background for a portrait?

Blown-out backgrounds seems like one of the more common issues amateur photographers deal with, and probably one of the things I struggle with most. Metering modes seem more of a compromise between ...
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How do I take portrait photo with flash and good ambient light as background?

I was taking a building structure with nice ambient light using high ISO without flash. The photo turned out as what I expected. However, when I took it with a person as foreground with Canon ...
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What is the best method to extract a subject from a Greenscreen?

I am searching for a better method to cut people out of my greenscreen backdrop ... The main problem is the hair ... Actually I use the freeware Easygreenscreen Photoshop action I also know the ...
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2answers
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What do I need to make a translucent, backlit background?

I've seen a photographer using a dark background (plastic made or something similar) that, once lit from behind, produced a really nice glow. I'm looking for something similar to generate a ...
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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 image (1). What would be the most effective approach given the following conditions: Canon 550D ...
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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 do I prevent the background from going dark when using the flash with a subject?

This is with Flash, short shutter exposure time, and zoomed in This is without Flash but with long shutter exposure time when using the Flash the background tends to get dark and the subject ...
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How to correctly focus on the background person in a shot?

I tried to take some portraits of my sister-in and her fiance earlier in a sunny, green park. I took a few pictures where the fiance is closest to me but turning to look at his wife-to-be who is ...
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Regarding the “background layer” in Photoshop

I'm referring to the layer "Background" that is automatically created. What's the purpose of this layer? Will I loose some functionality if I duplicate it and remove the original? I feel this layer ...
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What's the best approach when taking a picture of an item that's going to have the background cropped off?

I know my way around Photoshop, so simply enough, I would like to know how can I make things easier on myself when taking the picture of an item that's gonna have the background deleted. What should I ...
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Is a real background preferable to an artificial one?

I'm learning fashion and nude photography and I usually post-process my photos to give them a better look (photoshop CS5) . I noticed that lots of photographers uses texture or digital background to ...
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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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Background screen for portrait photography?

I'm looking for suggestions for a portrait background (paper/cloth). I have seen photographers using different background screens, but being an amateur photographer I don't want to invest money buying ...
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How to remove only white background from the image not the white part within the image?

I have a photo with of a girl wearing white dress the background of the image is white. I just want to remove only the background not the white color of photo. How I can do this?
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Why can't I get a decent white background for my product photography [duplicate]

This is the example image i have taken this few days. why can't I get the full white background like the photo from the internet?
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How to take bokeh photo with nikon coolpix s6300 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to take shallow depth of field photos with point-and-shoot cameras? I have just bought Nikon Coolpix S6300. I want to take bokeh photograph. So, please ...
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How to record videos with blurred background with Nikon D5100 [closed]

Has anyone tried to shoot videos with blurred backgrounds using the Nikon D5100. I am trying to shoot cooking video, but with the a blurred background. I have 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom ...
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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 ...
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Erase background from an image [duplicate]

I 'm interested about erasing backgroung from an image. Taking into account that I 'm an amateur, which is the best way doing this? I hade already tried with backgroung eraser tool ...
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Untwist a foldable background

I have a big foldable black and white background whose shape is twisted (nothing done special to have this). So now it do not stay flat when expanded, it do a shape something like starting an 8. I ...
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Clear and sharp shot of a static object on a very blurry background (EOS550D) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I maximise that “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect? I am trying to achieve clear and sharp shot of a static object on a very blurry ...
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How to make blurry background in photos? [duplicate]

I see many photos like this: How it is done?