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Old 12-01-2008, 19:06   #1 (permalink)
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When photographing still life photo's what backgrounds do you use so as not to detract from the photo? Or do you edit later.
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Old 12-01-2008, 20:33   #2 (permalink)
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Usually a backcloth of an appropriate colour. If a cloth is not true black it sometimes comes out dark brown so I might colour fill that afterwards.
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Old 12-01-2008, 20:40   #3 (permalink)
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You might also consider getting a light tent which are available in all sizes and prices ranges. Some of the cheaper ones cost less than £15 / $30.

A light tent lets you illuminate the subject through the tent walls, which diffuses the light and reduces shadows, and you can have whatever you like as the rear wall. Obviously you can use several lamps or strobes to get the effect you want.
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I've done both, but prefer placing objects on a natural background rather than cutting from a blank background and adding to a fake. Again, for plain, I use a light tent.
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Various BGs I've used (don't think I've ever PS'd in later)
Black cloth
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White paper
Lit (desk lamp) painted brick wall

But if I was going to do anything professionally think I'd get a light tent (for control and consistency, as much as anything)
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I've been a professional photographer for over 25 years, most of that time doing studio work, and I have never owned a light tent. I hope this tells you something!
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But if I was going to do anything professionally think I'd get a light tent (for control and consistency, as much as anything)
Now a days most still Photography is done with a tent theres people that have the ability to photograph without one due to the time theythe have been doing it and their expertise, but theres others like myself that have a year or two that still need a little help , I've seen some really good tents in ebay like this one NEW 20" PHOTO SHOOTING LIGHT TENT SOFTBOX - eBay (item 180204093889 end time Jan-13-08 15:32:55 PST) this auction is about to end but its just so you get the idea.
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I usually use either a large sheet of Black card or white card and, if necessary, change the colour or add tecture in PS. I occassionally use coloured material to provide texture for a few subjects. I have only used a light tent to photograph silver.

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Only a beginner but I bought large cardboard in black, white, burgundy and red. It's start ...
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