How is this done?

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  1. brokenhat

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    You answered your own question. A seamless white backdrop draped vertically then transitioning to flat will allow you to produce those kind of results.
     
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    But generally speaking to get it perfectly white you'll need to do some editing.
     
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    Thanks Shawn, so basically I run my seamless white paper down the back and along the floor under the subject?
     
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    yup that's it :)
     
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    Will be trying this ASAP it's a look I really like. Thanks guys.
     
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    i like this as well :)

    is seamless paper expensive? do you get it at carsand?

    also does it last for more than one session?
     
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    $90 a roll
    Yes, Carsand although I buy mine at B&H
    Yes keep using it until it gets dirty, wrinkled or ripped

    Plus you really need a support for it. $229 at Carsand.
     
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    i have the background stand i bought i figured it would go on there no problem
     
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    You're all set then!
     
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    yeap later on can you buy smaller rolls anywheres just to TRY
     
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    A smaller roll is only $60....and you don't need a $300 stand. I use two light stands, a closet pole and 2 super clamps.
     
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    Just bought a roll of white and am thinking about a roll of black too...

    How much at B&H? I'm assuming that shipping a 9' x 5" x 5" tube must be kind pricey on it's own, isn't it?
     
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    For my black I use 4 yards of black corderoy. Works like a charm. Cost me $10, folds nicely, doesn't wrinkle....etc...etc...
     
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    It's pricey to ship. Roll is $39 and shipping is about $35 but you can then add 3 or 4 more regular sized items to the order and the shipping hardly goes up. The US dollar sucks right now though, I just feel that Carsand is ripping people off a bit at $90 compared to $39 so I order from B&H on principal. :p
     
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    Have a pic to show us with that background Tanya, any old pic will do, just want to see how it looks. The other thing is you are flash free now, I am not so how does it handle that? Thanks!
     
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    Thanks Scott what/where are you using for the tile board and foam board, I need to get me some of that A-SAP.
     
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    go to home depot and ask for Tile Board :)
     
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    Ah, this is the post G was talking about.

    I'm not flash free ;) But I am using natural light for my client work right now.

    Sample pics above from this weekend past.
     
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    wow Tanya GREAT SHOTS!!

    that corduroy looks pretty cool how you cant see any wrinkles or anything on it! did you just get courdroy from like fabric ville
     
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    It does look great Tanya, thanks for sharing.
     
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    I got the tile board at Home Depot, but check at Kent first. They may have the cheaper stuff. A caution on the foam core. I bought white plastic sheeting by mistake and it bleeds light like nobody's business. I don't know if you clicked through to the pictures on the blog article. They are on my Flickr page covered in notes about light leaking around all over the place.

    And absolutely positively check out Zack's blog tutorial on white seamless. One of the best tutorial posts ever, IMHO.

    -S.
     
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    You might want to check out Vistek. I just ordered two 53"x36' rolls of seamless from them and with shipping (which was $38 for both) and taxes it was just under $120.
     
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    That's what it would cost to just go buy it at Carsand.
     
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    Is it? Scratch that idea then.
    It was a better deal for me though because it would have cost $40 to drive to Carsand and back home!
     
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    Yeah, I paid $60 for my roll of white
     
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    taken from The Digital Photography Book 2 by Scott Kelby

    Lighting a White Background

    When you shoot on a white seamless paper background, you'll probably be surprised to find out that most of the time it doesn't look white - it looks light grey. To get it to look solid white you have to light the background. Usually just one or two lights will do the trick. They don't have to be high powered strobe lights either. you can use low powered less expensive strobe lights. But, beyond just having a background light aimed at your white background, there's a little trick you'll want to use to make sure that the light does make the background look that nice and solid white, but without blowing out the background so much that the back light starts to wash out the edges of your subject. The trick is to use a light metre. Hold it up against the background, aim the white dome towards the camera position, and check the reading. You want the background to be around one stop brighter than the light on your subject. So, if your metre showed f/11 for your subject, you want the background to read one stop brighter like f/16. You get the background brighter by increasing the power (brightness) of the strobe itself. Try increasing it a bit, then recheck the background with your metre again, and keep adjusting the power of the background light until it reads that one stop (or slightly more) than your subject. That's the formula.

    :)
     
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    Wow, I didn't realize there was that much difference! I don't recall who, but someone told me National Art sold it too and they were about the same price as Carsand.

    Anyway, Henry's is a comin'! :)
     
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    It's not.

    $90 is for the extra wide roll, and $60 for the 53"
     
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    Where can you buy foam core? I've tried Home Depot and Kents to no avail.
     
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    What size?

    Bristol board sized pieces can be found at Michael's .....larger pieces at Loomis & Tooles
     
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    Staples usually has the smaller size as well
     
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    I was at Rona and they had some I believe
     
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