1). Use backgrounds when shooting portraits.
1.1 Setting the backdrop is possible in several ways. The first is when each backdrop is attached to a wooden rail with brackets and glued with black adhesive tape. This way you will fix the backdrop as firmly as possible. Then you can pin the rail into a metal ‘Clamp’ and install it on a rack. The second way you can fix the backdrop with clothespins on the rail and install it on 2 racks.
To achieve more beautiful backdrop, combine few of them (small and large). Do not be afraid to show the edges of the backdrops, and their position in space.
1.2 Next you can add various elements such as Apple boxes, chairs, podiums, stairs, stools, and portrait tables. Feel free to experiment.
1.3 After the Backdrop installation and decor elements are added, you can bring such elements as smoke or fog into the frame, but this is optional. This will add mystery.
2) Setting the light.
2.1 The equipment you use when shooting plays an important role. We have worked with different flashes and consulted with famous photographers and here are a few brands whose equipment will allow you to take high-quality pictures (Profoto, Broncolor, Elinchrom).
2.2 You need one umbrella (Photek Softlighter 60) to scatter light. It is very convenient and compact when working. If you feel like you need more light, just get an umbrella of a larger diameter.
2.3 The closer the umbrella to the object, the softer the shadows look, if you move the umbrella the shadows will be harder. Do not be afraid to keep the umbrella close to the person, 1.5 – 2.5 feet is a good distance for soft shadows. Hold the umbrella higher to the left of the person, pointing the umbrella at an angle of 40 degrees. Take a few test photos with flash to adjust the intensity (do not forget that it is better to shoot in RAW).
Use Capture One to view photos in pilot mode.
3) Editing pictures.
3.1 For editing pictures, we recommend using the following programs:
Alien Skin Exposure
3D Lute Creator
Later we will share how to edit photos taken on the backdrops.