I've been trying to achieve a dark matte background (maybe with some texture on it) in a studio, but i have a limited experience with backdrops and so far i haven't been able to produce satisfying results. Here's what i do:
- i hang a black seamless paper backdrop
- i put a very dim strobe on it (just for a little gradient)
- i put my model a few meters from the background
In this situation the results are pretty good, but only for headshots. And since i have limited space, i can't shoot full-length portraits with the model so far away from the background.
So ... as soon as i get the model closer to the background and as soon as more light starts hitting it ... the results are terrible: the background looks very uneven, and obviously, there's this terrible line of light where the background curves near the ground. It takes huge amounts of post-processing to fix it and even then it looks horrible.
So my question is ... how do i get a matte look even when a model is close to the background? Below is an example of what i'm talking about (WARNING: slightly NSFW). It looks to me as if the background in the sample image was simply done in post, but i believe there are some backdrop materials that could achieve a decent result as well. What are your thoughts on this?
Sample image (slightly NSFW): https://500px.com/photo/83383151/catia-by-paulo-latães (as you can see, instead of a white highlighted horizontal area we have a beautiful dark shadow where the background curves on the ground)
Thanks for your input