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Questions tagged [background]

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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Either background is overexposed or the foreground is underexposed. Are there possible solutions/approaches?

I use an Olympus EM-10 with a Panasonic Lumix MFT lens. No other accessories apart from the build in flash. I trained a situation in a restaurant to take a picture of the table inside with an outdoor ...
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How to reduce shadows on product photos when there is no room between the subject and the background?

I sell horse equipment and my photos are created against a white background with the items on hooks right against the wall or background. I get a lot of shadows, but it is the only way to display the ...
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Corporate Portraiture Advice

I've been commissioned to do a series of corporate portraits. This is something I've not done before, but, quite frankly, the money was too good to turn it down! So, now I have to get my skills and ...
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How to shoot a light trail photo where an object is still in focus? [duplicate]

I have come across this picture of a car where the background has a light trail effect but the object (which is the car) is still in focus. I know how to create the light trail effect but I'm not ...
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Turning a white backdrop into a color one

I have a roll of white seamless that I use for some studio work that works fine when doing more neutral shots, but I'm looking to do something a bit brighter and require a color backdrop. However, I'm ...
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Make background solid color [duplicate]

I have an image of my shoes against a wall which is a tan color, however I want to make the whole background a bright green to make the shoes stand out. How can I do that on photoshop? All the ...
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Why do my studio shoots usually end up fuzzy? [closed]

I have been into photography for about a year now. I am very grateful I can use a studio of the local photographer here. Together we have build a cyclorama wall and the photo shoots are going pretty ...
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Overhead Lighting for videos on front of a chalkboard [closed]

I'm looking for a lighting kit for videos (I hope it's the same as for photography so posting here is OK!) that I make in front of my blackboard in a very tight space. I'm looking at this kit:https://...
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How many lumens are required to achieve a pure white background in a 40cmx40cm softbox? [closed]

I'm thinking about buying a fluorescent lamp to light up a 40cm X 40cm softbox. I need to take pictures with a pure white background for an online catalog of jewelry (gems, emeralds, etc). Is a 490-...
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How to get rid of blur background in photography ? How to get the background in focus as well in photography? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D-5300 with 18-140mm zoom lens, Recently I visited a place, where I wanted to capture the mountain and lakes with the subject. As a beginner I used to click in Auto mode. I was able to ...
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Sunny day in the shade - how to deal with white balance and exposure settings? [duplicate]

I was out doing an assignment about symmetric and asymmetric pictures (rule of third, golden mean, golden ratio). I could not figure out what is the best way to deal with the following setting: I am ...
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How are the smooth, colorful backgrounds created in these wildlife macro photos?

I've been following a biologist and photographer for a while, and it always strikes me, how visually pleasing his images are because the background always complements the subject very well. Question ...
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How to make a gradient background

I was wondering how people shoot with a gradient backdrop such as: I want to take similar product photos. I've tried to take pictures with a blue-gel-covered-flash aimed at white paper background ...
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How can I get a blurred background with a kit lens? [duplicate]

How can I take a image with blur background? I am a new photographer but its no my profession, its my passion. If someone know about this then tell me.
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How can I blow out the background with a single flash?

I have a Yongnuo 560 ii flash that I usually use to light my white backdrop for clothing shots on a model. The issue is sometimes it doesn't make the whole background white. Either blows out the side ...
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What light to use for my white background?

I have an inexpensive set of two lightboxes which I use to shoot a model for e-commerce images. Generally, I use one lightbox to light the background and the other one for the subject. But there is ...
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How can I make the subject blend better with background?

I am trying to blend the subject with the background in this composite, not sure what to do any more:
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How do I remove rain streaks from the window in the background of this picture?

I did some head shots, where they wanted the background to be through the windows. It was kind of raining lightly that day hence I have a few few streaks of water on the window. They wanted a nice ...
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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

I have a picture (File format: JPEG | Сolor depth: 24): I'm using Adobe Photoshop CC (2015.5.1). I need to change background color from grey to pure white [#FFFFFF / RGB(255, 255, 255)] Firstly, I ...
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How can I make sure a dark background comes out pure black with a smartphone?

I recently used a Samsung GT-I9506 to take photos of coins. The idea was to make use of "black" paper as a clean uniform background. I one of the photos the colour of the paper appears completely ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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 that can be found in a home)? What's the correct light ...
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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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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 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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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 product ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...