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Photographing small objects and need a background?

Create your own colours, textures or even use pictures as backgrounds.
 
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Step 1: Make a background image on your laptop


I made this background in Photoshop, but you can use anything you like.
Save it so you can fill the screen with it in the next step.

Step 3: Photograph what you see with your camera

-- A macro (close-up) setting may help.

-- If you light the subject, stop it spilling onto the screen by choosing the direction carefully (e.g. no frontal flash).

-- Watch out for digital artefacts (patterns or lines) on the background if it is too sharply focussed (see also comments from others).
Puzzledd3 years ago
Clever idea. I like to photograph my sea monkeys with different backgrounds, and so far I've just used coloured paper. I'll try this- it even gives some backlighting :)
peterbryenton (author)  Puzzledd3 years ago
Thanks. Let me see some of your results sometime please.
Prfesser4 years ago
Very clever!  I have a large screen that I'll be able to use for bigger objects.  This is going to be quite useful for me!
peterbryenton (author)  Prfesser4 years ago
Pleased to hear that. Do please post some of your results.
Clever idea, but I can see the lines on the screen.  Maybe with a lower f-stop, it would work better?
 
peterbryenton (author)  AngryRedhead4 years ago
 Well spotted, thank you. You're absolutely right: setting a shallower depth of field would be the way to go. Please do let me know how you get on with that.
peterbryenton (author)  peterbryenton4 years ago
P.S. There's also the risk of a Moire pattern being generated by the interaction of the screen pixels and the camera chip. Then the pixels get re-sized in the digital image editing app, so there's a whole lot going with lines in the picture.

I think any method of "defocussing" the background image is worthwhile exploring. Over to you, folks.
Maybe putting a piece of translucent paper/plastic over the screen to blur the image?
peterbryenton (author)  Cartermarquis4 years ago
Good suggestion: worth trying, thanks. Let me know how that goes, please.
Phil B4 years ago
This is a clever way to use what you have to get what you need.
peterbryenton (author)  Phil B4 years ago
Thank you.
haha...that's pretty smart
peterbryenton (author)  Weissensteinburg4 years ago
 Thank you.
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