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  1. JeffieLove

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    I have determined that I officially need a piece of black fabric and a piece of white fabric in order to continue using my "studio"... the 2 pieces of poster board just isn't working for me for this specific shot (and some others that I have attempted before) because you can see where they make the 90 degree angle and it looks crappy... Guess I'll be running to the store tomorrow :/

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    Settings: f/16, 4s shutter speed, ISO 800, 55mm for both pics
     
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    the key to any drop is to not have a 90˚ angle like that; but, rather, pull the bottom of the drop forward until you get a nice, gentle, 45˚ curve at the bottom ... *poof* seamless backdrop.

    You also want to avoid seamed pieces of fabric (like in the first shot) seams do not photograph well ...
     
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    Can't quite do that with this set up because the candles have to be on the surface... The surface under the black posterboard is a cream colored table... Probably would have looked worse... I have tried pulling them away from each other a bit though... never quite seems to work for me... :/
     
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    as for the candles being on the surface, they are, they just aren't right against the back of the drop there may be a few inches between the candles and the back of the drop ...

    I do, however, like the smoothness of the bottom surface in the second image.
     
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    As a side note, putting candles on a piece of cloth like that is probably not the best idea D:
     
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    I sell candles ...

    I assure you, I know what I'm doing ;)

    The candles were lit for the 5 minutes it took me to set up and take these two shots... The candles were 3-4 inches in front of the closest to the camera part of the fabric... Nothing was going to catch on fire ;)
     
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    Ok well if it does, promise to take pictures of it at least?
     
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    she's right there while she is taking these pictures, I don't see an issue with it as long as she isn't leaving them unattended for any length of time.

    *cue Beavis and Butthead*
    "Yeah, FIRE ... ah huh huh haha" "mmm YEAH, FIRE!! HA HA HA"
     
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    lol will do Dylan ;)
     
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    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    Can you see a crease or 90 degree bend here?
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    That was just a quick shot for TPF Fight Club a couple Sunday's ago.
    I used a black leather CD case for the bottom, and then a black leather (kinda big) portfolio album for the back.

    When you have a background so close to the subject, and right against the bottom material, you will get spill light that will illuminate the background. When this occurs, it will give you a highlight and a shadow in the crease, defining it.
    If you move them apart so there is no spill, then your background can stay black.

    Even if you get a sweep, if you put the candles close to the bend, you will illuminate it and make it look poor.


    I say, work with what you have, it's very possible. Look at how light in/around your shots shows up on your camera. Then do some creative thinking to minimize it. Get is real close and then fine tune in post.
     
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    Dom, a little more PP would have done wonders to make those orange pills blue! *LOL*
     
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