Composite background??

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    What color would be best for cutouts?? I want to cut children out and place them on a backgrounds.


     
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    A specific colour is much less important than contrast. If the children have light hair, then put them in light clothes and use a dark background; if they have dark hair, than reverse.
     
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    Ok, yeah, I see what your saying now, thanks.
    I was searching and I found a post about green screen. What's your thoughts on green screen?
    Same thing, contrast?
     
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    I am about to order some paper from Savage, what would you go with? White and black? The teams suits vary in color
     
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    Thunder Gray?
     
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    This is about the only time I wouldn't recommend Thunder Gray unless you gel it. It can be very challenging to get good separation when dealing with dark hair on a gray background. The bodies/uniforms won't present too much of a challenge, especially if they're properly lit, but if you have someone with dark spikey or "fluffy" hair, getting a decent selection against gray will be a nightmare. Chromakey green is fine, but it's ONLY good for doing cutouts, and you need a fair amount of separation in order to ensure you don't get any background reflection. I would be inclined to go for white myself.
     
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    Thanks for the help. I only have to lights, I'm going to run one overhead and center and another light shooting across and a reflector on the other side and shoot it all with a 17 -40 kinda close.
    Well, kinda like this, just minus a light.... I hope lol
     
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    I use green screen and bright yellow gaffa tape... only because it’s easy to spot and edit out.
     
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    I've followed several of Joel's videos, and found them helpful. One thing to consider from this video is his comment about "matching the light". One of the issues I have with so many cut & paste images is that the photographer didn't consider things like light direction, quality, intensity, color, etc. between the two. Those subtle differences become visable when you put the two together.
     
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