Backdrops

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  1. duckdropper

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    How do you determine the best color of backdrop for the shoot. I understand to shoot on multiple backdrops, but looking to see how everyone determines which backdrop to use. Ex. Subject is wearing a Blue and White shirt. What backdrop color would you use?

    Thanks in advance for all the help!
     
  2. JeffieLove

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    I would use black with a blue and white shirt ;)

    It's a matter of visual preference... As far as I know, there is no rule to tell you what color backdrop to use...

    I may be wrong.. I'm a noob and don't even do portraits... Just trying to help :)
     
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    Using a medium gray colored background allows the use of gelled lights to make it just about any color you want including black or white.

    That is a lot less expensive than have 47 different backdrops of various colors.
     
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    What is the subject, who is the photo for?

    If the subject is the person, then I usually want to 'key' the clothing and the background, so that they are similar, thus making the subject/model's face have more contrast, thus drawing the viewer's eye.

    If the subject is the clothing, then I'd choose a background that contrasts or highlights the clothing more.
     
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    I think contrast color between backdrop and object is ok.
     

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