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greenscreen vs fabric backdrop for babies

 
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Nov 29, 2013 10:10 |  #1

Hey all,
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I do a lot of newborn shoots and would like to up my game for this upcoming year. I typically use blankets to take care of my background and they come out good, but I've been thinking about backdrops. It looks like most decent backdrops are over $150, but that got me to thinking wouldn't it be better to just buy a green screen and then put any kind of background in there I would like? Or would this look weird and totally fake?


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Nov 29, 2013 21:50 |  #2

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Dec 13, 2013 06:33 |  #3

Some backgrounds that look fake would really damage the photo. I prefer real backgrounds.


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Dec 23, 2013 19:26 |  #4

I use blankets, furr and fake wood or lino (plastic) printed woodlook in a roll.

This image here - the wood flooring is roll up lino you buy from a hardware place for your kitchen floors etc, and its cheap and durable - and very little editing in photoshop = time saver =money maker.

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Jan 17, 2014 04:00 |  #5

Babies would look good on any background aside from greenscreen. Anything natural would be great.


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Jan 23, 2014 05:33 |  #6

I tried using greenscreen for a variety of portraits (headshots, kids, seniors, sports, etc.) and found the results to be terrible. The problem is, in confined space where you can't put a lot of distance between your subject and the background, the greenscreen will cast a bit of reflection back onto the subject, and a faint green hue will permeate the edges of their arms, legs, etc. It's impossible to remove it completely, and it will ruin a good shot. Especially when shooting babies (who take up a small space!), you could visit a fabric store (I use Joann Fabrics) and find sales on fabric. For as little as $5-$10, you can get a couple yards of fabric to use as a background. My more frequent option is to simply shoot people against a white paper sweep. Don't light the background, so it goes a bit gray in the photo, and then using the selection tools and options in Photoshop CS6, you should have no trouble getting a clean cutaway and then laying in a new background (as in the attached examples).


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Jan 25, 2014 21:58 |  #7

Ditto the sentiment of a greenscreen giving a color cast. That particular color is really designed for video work where you need to replace the background by script easily (like for live TV). You can use other colors for background replacement. I know some people suggest an 18% gray background for replacement.

However, I think that replacement will never look as good as the real thing.


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Mar 10, 2014 11:27 |  #8

mercersmoments wrote in post #16550059 (external link)
I use blankets, furr and fake wood or lino (plastic) printed woodlook in a roll.

This image here - the wood flooring is roll up lino you buy from a hardware place for your kitchen floors etc, and its cheap and durable - and very little editing in photoshop = time saver =money maker.

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Mar 10, 2014 11:28 |  #9

HERE (external link) is a place you can get paper backdrops for reasonable prices!




  
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Mar 10, 2014 11:29 |  #10

Lemondrop Stop (external link) is the name of that;)




  
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