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« on: October 18, 2006, 18:18 »
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I would like to buy some material from a fabric store to use as a background -- are there do's and don'ts to doing this?

(I've done this before, and the felt-like tan colored fabric worked great, but the one that was similar to polyester and a dark red wine color turned out aweful. I don't know if it was the type of material that made the difference or the colors, so before I buy any more material I would like to make sure what I'm buying will work.)

Thank you so much!


« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2006, 12:13 »
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Hi Rachelle,
I don't use fabric, I prefer paper. I use white & black. I know some photographers use black velvet, or synthetic versions, because it absorbs light without reflections.

Just remember that most camera light meters will try and render all objects to a grey colour, (18% grey). So if you shoot black or white backgrounds without exposure compensation you will end up in both instances with a grey background, perhaps this is what happened to the darker background you used.

Norman


 

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