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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 does background blur and DoF vary with sensor size for a prime lens?

Let's assume I have a prime lens for full frame, with fixed specs (let's say 85mm f/1.8). Changing the lens is not an option, but I have a choice of a full frame camera and a crop sensor camera. The ...
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How do they capture these images where the ground and background blend together seamlessly?

This picture of Wulfenite was selected as today’s featured image on Wikipedia and I find it intriguing in the sense that the ground and background blend in so much, similar to what we see near large ...
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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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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't ...
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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 can I take color accurate images with a white background in a light tent?

I want to take pictures of hundreds of Lego pieces with a white background. As a beginner in photography, I am using the first DSLR camera that I could get my hands on and I bought a light tent for ...
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Convert video into long horizontal image

I have recorded a video driving with my car, with my phone stuck to the side window. Basically it's like a 2d view, but with depth. The video has 2 minutes in length and the distance traveled by the ...
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Does using a focal reducer shrink depth of field?

When I use a 50mm f/2 lens on an APS-C camera with a focal reducer (speed booster), the angle of view is similar to a full-frame camera. Will I also get shallower Depth of Field (more background blur)...
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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 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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What is the importance of background color when removing the background?

We are looking to make product images like this: https://prnt.sc/1067x5x . This is one of the best results that we have achieved with smartphone camera. Our process: Place an item on a grey ...
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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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What technique is used here?

Birthday picture of the British royal family. It probably ISN'T a green-screen and Photoshop job. But it sure looks like it is! What setup and technique might have been involved?
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Art with white background

I am working on photography art work (from my wife) which has a white background and elements which are white with no paint. I have a reasonably good Nikon D3400, tripod, lighting with 4 5000K lights ...
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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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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 butt. They get wrinkled, they're hard to roll in and out and they get easily dirty. Does anybody know a good technique (or tutorial) on how to clean them in ...
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What is a blown out background?

I've started using Photoshop recently and a lot of people mention "blown out backgrounds", and how to stop them — but never explain what they are. Could someone explain?
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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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Remove gradient in Lightroom with source image

I have a series of images (many, many images) that were taken with slightly uneven lighting: I also have an image of the blank white background under the same lighting: I would like to use the blank ...
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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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Image extraction work

Hope everyone is doing good and I really need some help with regards to automate the image extraction work. We usually receive team/group images and the majority of the groups are shot on a natural ...
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Is it beneficial to use full frame for blurred background?

I have often heard it said that to have a blurred background, it is beneficial to shoot full frame. However, is this really true? The useful largest aperture is anyway limited by the amount of depth ...
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How to achieve photo with no blurred background [duplicate]

When zooming I want to keep background not blurred. Is this even possible? I will have multiple cameras pointing at one object from different distances can I get a flat picture on all of the cammeras ...
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Automate change background to white on all images?

I am working with model images that our standard images have to be the item with white background. Ive had vendors sending me images with their item only with off white background and I have to do 600 ...
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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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Why match the background color when shooting to the one that is going to be used in the final presentation when the subjects will be cut out anyways?

In this (Corporate Portraiture Advice) question the photographer explains that he/she is going to use a white background when photographing coorporate portraits even when the final presentation would ...
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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 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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Why is Background Dark and not Blurred for Portrait Outdoor picture Cannon Zoom Lens 70 - 300 mm

The picture was taken at 1 pm, 2.5MP 1920 × 1280 128.1 KB Canon Canon EOS 700D ƒ/5.6 1/160 270mm ISO200
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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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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 ...