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Tutorial 1: A white background.

posted by brokenarts, Dec 29, 2005 11:16 AM — 43 comments

Some users ask me how I make the white background in my photos. This is a hint for you.

Take a sheet of white paper and roll it in order to make a large curve (look at the picture below).
Light the the curve (in the back of the object) more than the object.
The result is a totally white background.



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1. posted by hamletnc, Dec 29, 2005 12:47 PM

Thanks for the tip! Where do you light it again? Is the
back of the curve
the other side?


2. posted by brokenarts, Dec 29, 2005 12:59 PM

Response to hemletnc.
I've updated my post, I hope it's now more understandable. I'm not fluent in english, feel free to correct me if I'm not understandable.


3. posted by brokenarts, Dec 29, 2005 1:04 PM

Other response to hemletnc.
Litghting the curve on back is the best solution, but you need a more complex white curve.
If you can light the back of all the curve (also in the bottom) you can have the best white background all over the image.


4. posted by hilaryaq, Dec 30, 2005 12:41 AM

Cool! Thanks!!


5. posted by gul791, Dec 31, 2005 7:07 PM

Thanks for sharing this. Its realy useful. I will give a try.

Now Whats about black background.


6. posted by waleedz, Jan 1, 2006 11:17 AM

Nice tut, will come in handy!


7. posted by rolfa, Jan 2, 2006 5:18 AM

Hi brokenarts!

Thank you very much for this tip.
Actually, It has been said (to me) about white bg, but yours is really easy to understand, visually so.
Thanks for the picture it really showed me how to obtain that white bg.


8. posted by rolfa, Jan 2, 2006 5:20 AM

Just one question... if my object is big, as in .5m in width or in height, will paper be still used? Is white cloth ok?


9. posted by luizsilvei, Jan 2, 2006 5:31 PM

Rolfa:

Try a bigger papper. You can find white shets in 96x66 cm easy.

Luiz


10. posted by brokenarts, Jan 2, 2006 7:56 PM

For big backgrounds there is a structure with horizontal pipes, you must fix this structure to the wall.
You roll your big sheet of paper (or tissue) around one of the pipes.
There is a mechanism to roll up and down the paper fondals.
It's expensive, and you can found it only in shops for professional photographers.
The sheet standard measures are up to 3,56 x 30,5 mt.
I've one of this structures (the cheaper... it has only 1 pipe), it's usefull for portraits.


11. posted by dogmadic, Jan 3, 2006 5:02 AM

yes....thank you for the tip...the photo example is VERY helpfull. i'm assuming a thick grade of paper is better to avoid crinkling ? thanks again


12. posted by amber82882, Jan 3, 2006 5:32 AM

Thank you so much I have always wanted to do white backgrounds but they never turned out. + the picture really helped me out. Thanks


13. posted by bridinel, Jan 9, 2006 2:50 PM

Proffesional photographers use a light grey background to render white backgrounds. I don't know why but they do :)


14. posted by brokenarts, Jan 9, 2006 5:31 PM

Response to bridinel: If you need to isolate the object in Photoshop a gray background is better.
It's because the white background can add too much light in the borders (sides?) of your object.


15. posted by brokenarts, Jan 10, 2006 12:35 AM

Aaaaggh! My english is disgusting.
Im my last post I intended to say: "When you have a grey background, the countours of your object look better; and that is because a white background can add a over-exposure to the borders of your abject".
If the background is too white, this excess of light can create (and usually do) an "out of focus" (blurry) effect on the sides of your object near the white background.
With a grey background, the result is a better (more natural) shape of your object; but you must edit the object in Photoshop if you want a white background.
I hope you've understand this post now. :)


16. posted by brokenarts, Jan 10, 2006 12:44 AM

Yesss, i seee... I've made other errors writing my last post!
I apologize. Like other italians, when i go abroad, I talk better with my hands than with my mouth. Sorry. :)


17. posted by andreamb, Jan 11, 2006 1:27 AM

Hi!
thanks! I'll try!


18. posted by VroomBroom, Jan 15, 2006 6:13 PM

Great tip! I'm going to have to try this!


19. posted by db_21, Jan 17, 2006 11:27 AM

your english is just fine! dont worry so much....


20. posted by cajunbaby, Jan 18, 2006 5:13 PM

:D, that is the set up we have at my university :p


21. posted by LuBoc, Jan 18, 2006 5:36 PM

Thanks for the tip :)
Great.


22. posted by elkfish, Feb 9, 2006 9:10 AM

Thank you for sharing! I'm looking forward to learning more.


23. posted by jarsem, Feb 22, 2006 9:54 AM

thanx :) it's easy and not so expensive.


24. posted by canoncan, Feb 27, 2006 9:55 PM

i was about to ask this question in the forums, my white background was grey soi cant wait to give this a try, cheers for the tips brokenarts, love the blogs by the way :0)


25. posted by davemarcot, Mar 5, 2006 5:26 AM

Thank you so much!


26. posted by ameenullah, May 5, 2006 8:35 AM

I was wondering, how they make clear white backgrounds. Then i thought they may be editing the photos after the shoot. Thank you brokenarts and to all, who light up my mind...


27. posted by gtrfrkbob, Jun 14, 2006 5:40 AM

Forgot to rate. Thanks again this helped me in all my works.


28. posted by feldmaus, Jul 31, 2006 11:05 AM

Thanks again brokenarts, I am most impressed by your practical photography tuts!


29. posted by lauralucia, Aug 16, 2006 9:19 PM

It's just great. Simple and clear. :)


30. posted by danbrito, Aug 22, 2006 3:19 AM

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31. posted by christeh, Sep 7, 2006 10:11 PM

Hi! I just got the SXC Newsletter 004. Congratulations on your interview! I always read the newsletter, wonderful tips and this one is a great example of that. Your english is fine, I also dont speak english but I sure understood you. Thanks for sharing! Hope more come soon.

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32. posted by saxasrules, Sep 9, 2006 7:59 AM

well i think you should also post as to how you make a black background more attractive...

waiting for your response

regards
g [india]


33. posted by suezoo39, Sep 22, 2006 10:23 PM

Cool... thanks for the info :) I'm an anglo-phone by birth and your English is just fine.

I also like the added explanation of using a grey background if we're going to be manipulating the image. I use Paint Shop Pro and am just beginning to do some digital photography.

Also, I just love your "isolated objects" photos.. most excellent for tubing or misting.

Keep up the fantastic work.

I came here from the Sept SXC Newsletter.

Sue//Canada


34. posted by Robmania, Oct 12, 2006 7:38 AM

so stoked to see how you do the white bg, was also wondering if you edit in photoshop or something. Suppose I will need a good light now, my bed side lamp just wont cut it...or will it :) Thanks for the tut, 10 points


35. posted by htmlland, Dec 7, 2006 8:11 PM

Excellent, really will help me taking photos of items that i need in webdesign :D!

Plus this could technique could also be used for stopframe animation although i would suggest sticking some cling film to the base where the characters will be standing as to stop you from getting marks on the paper so much.


36. posted by juju_power, Jan 17, 2007 6:20 PM

what if the object is really big? u cant make the white background using paper


37. posted by hcmlopes, Mar 16, 2007 6:56 PM

@36 Check out comment #10 there is your answer


38. posted by zoliky, Jan 1, 2008 7:53 PM

Brokenarts, What lights you use ?


39. posted by bmcvn, Oct 21, 2009 11:58 AM

Aaaaggh! My english is disgusting.
Im my last post I intended to say: "When you have a grey background, the countours of your object look better; and that is because a white background can add a over-exposure to the borders of your abject".
If the background is too white, this excess of light can create (and usually do) an "out of focus" (blurry) effect on the sides of your object near the white background.
With a grey background, the result is a better (more natural) shape of your object; but you must edit the object in Photoshop if you want a white background.
I hope you've understand this post now. :)
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40. posted by escan, Aug 19, 2010 11:24 AM

thanks for info :)
nice technique.



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42. posted by harissonA, May 27, 2013 1:21 AM

I like these easy and simple tutorials, all very helpfull, thanks.


43. posted by softener, May 31, 2013 7:55 AM

i like tutorial

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