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Creating Custom Backdrops

Let me introduce you to custom made backdrops. Since I have my own studio (about 3 years now) I wanted something else then just regular plane white and black backdrops.  Not that there is something wrong with that but for me personally it gets really boring after a while.

How i think about creating custom backdrops

How i think about creating custom backdrops

We decided to mix it up a bit so that we can work with different backdrops in the studio and give the client a bit more options to choose from.

In total we devided the studio into a total of 23 different backdrops/sets with different colors, different styles, and three different floors.

We also have paper backdrops (8 in total) but i prefer to have backdrops to which models can lean to, so that I can create some attachement to the wall/backdrop to have a nice shadowplay in my images.

One of my latest creations for the studio. Orange/Yellow/Red with some dark accents in it.

One of my latest creations for the studio. Orange/Yellow/Red with some dark accents in it.

How can you create custom made backdrops well, just be creative. Go to the a DIY store and just look around, be creative.

The backdrop above is one side of a regular wooden board (unfortunately it's a bit heavier then a foamboard but i like it this way. It's more firm then a foamboard, models will not fall trough when leaning against them.

How was the above print/texture created?
Well pretty simple, just play around with brushes, create some splashes, mix up different colors of paint, just try some things out. Look online for some inspiration online, look in magazines etc.

The one above took me 2 hours to create so I'm pretty anxious to see what it will give on an image once we put a model in front of it.

The other side of the orange looking (rustic) backdrop! More for a fashion based shoot.

The other side of the orange looking (rustic) backdrop! More for a fashion based shoot.


It took me a lot more time to create, like 3 hours, just to make some depth in the image and not just one flat backdrop.

The reason I will probably use the backdrop for more fashion minded images is very simple, it's neutral, and doesn't take away the attention of the model when she will be in front of it.

That's a very important point to keep in mind when making these backdrops, that it will not take away more attention then your subject in front of it.

Also if you play with your depth of field when shooting, it will blend all nicely together.

The wooden board is 1m20 x 2m20, for me that's enough to be used in regular shots. If you start doing duo shots then this might be a bit too small.

The wooden board is 1m20 x 2m20, for me that's enough to be used in regular shots. If you start doing duo shots then this might be a bit too small.

So if you still have any questions about the backdrops feel free to drop me a line and i'll be sure to reply to everyone!

Thanks again everyone for the support and don't forget to go check out our Youtube Channel with free Photoshop & Photography Tutorials on them. (In Dutch)





 

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Walktrough "Castle Of Dreams"

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Walktrough "Castle Of Dreams"

Castle Of Dreams, creation

As you can see, all the images above where made from the same angle and perspective. All on a tripod to make sure the compositing part in the end was not to big of a deal.

Hello All It's been a while since I've updated my blog again, so here I'll make it up to you.

Last w  eek, we decided to do another 'Project'! Below I'll give you a sneek peak of the proces we went trough when creating this image. It was made of multiple exposures, and later in the retouching part, all composed together.

As you can see below, we started with a empty room in a castle, and we've built the entire set and customized it to our own taste. Big thanks to Photographyves (assistant) and Tinneke Geenen (styling) for helping me out that day. 


Tec  hnical Part: The shutter speed used for the shot with only the dress was 1 sec on ISO 200 with a diafragma of f11. Camera was a Nikon D700 + 24-70mm f2.8Later we added the deep octa right in front of her, to create an even light, to make sure later in the compositing part we had not to much contrast, because we wanted to create a romantic, dreamy atmosphere.

Later this week I will go over the retouching of this image, since i know a lot of you out there are really interesting in this part.

Got questions about this, feel free to contact me!

 

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