The Basics of Backgrounds | The Photographer Academy

The Basics of Backgrounds

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In this live demonstration Mark demonstrates a range of background, sharing his techniques for posing, lighting and separating the client and background.  

Mark takes you through a range of backgrounds from the basic white and black backgrounds to creative diy backgrounds to bring a completely different look and style to your images. Starting with the white background Mark demonstrates how to light and use the background for a variety of lighting styles from hi, med and low key. Moving on Mark adds a bit of texture to the image with a Lastolite urban background, demonstrating key techniques when using a printed background such as lighting, posing and depth of field. Before Mark demonstrates two lighting techniques for separating the client from a black background. 

Equipment: Canon 5D mkiii, Canon 24-105mm f4, Canon 85mm f1.8, Canon 50mm f1.8, Elinchrom ELC 500, Elinchrom D-Lite 4, Elinchrom D-Lite One, Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Deep Octa 70cm, Elinchrom Portalite Octa, Elinchrom Skyport, Sekonic Light Meter, Lastolite Hi Lite, Lastolite Urban Pop Up Background, Lastolite Black Event Background, Lastolite TriGrip Reflector, TetherTools TetherPro USB Cable, TetherTools Jerkstopper,