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What does every body think about different background colors for picture taking? I made up a black one but I'm thinking about a white / cream one as well. Pictures are of a bottle with a jug knot tied (great instructable, look it up) while the other is from jessyratfink's Instructable "Sew a Where Things are Hat + Pattern!" with a white backdrop.

What do you prefer?

By the way, the black back drop is mine, I have it hung up on a curtain rod with a stool in front with the cloth draping over, then with the item placed on top. Still new at photography but I think it's an ok picture.

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Re-design (author)2009-12-01

That backdrop behind the grl needs to be ironed.  If it was random wrinkled that would be ok but the fold marks are distracting.

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jessyratfink (author)Re-design2010-01-11

Pssssh, adds character.

(real reason: I am lazy)

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Goodhart (author)jessyratfink2010-01-14
It helps add "dimension" too ;-) 
 

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Kryptonite (author)Re-design2009-12-02

I have found that when using my "backdrop", but it's hard to store otherwise. For that picture I think it adds a nice, imperfect effect, if you get what I mean.

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Re-design (author)Kryptonite2009-12-02

I know how hard it is to store stuff like that.  That's why they are rolled on a tube.  I had one that I made out of a sheet along time ago and used earth tone spray paint .  I lived in a small apt and had very little room so I stored it in a box just stuffed in.  Not tight but it gave the wrinkles a randomness and no folds.

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Kryptonite (author)Re-design2009-12-03

Hmm that's a good point, thanks!

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KnexFreek (author)2010-01-09

actually the knex section of this site can help you with this question. put knex gun into the search bar then hit rating. then you will find guns with some of the best pics on the entire site. then look at those backgrounds. it will help alot. also i hope i helped alot! ooh ooh and pick my question!! :)

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Kryptonite (author)KnexFreek2010-01-10

Ha ha thank you, but this is a forum topic instead of a question.

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KnexFreek (author)Kryptonite2010-01-10

 oh :( wahhh!!!! *sniff sniff*

did you check it out tho??????? pease take my advice

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Kryptonite (author)KnexFreek2010-01-11

Of course, of course I checked out your suggestion! I'm just saying I can't actually mark your's as the best answer.

It makes it opaque that white is most common in the majority of pictures, but black can create a contrast that white sometimes lacks.

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Goodhart (author)2009-12-03

I try to choose a background that is somewhat contrasting to most of the colors or shades of the subject.  Thus no one background is perfect for everything (try taking a picture of a person in a ghost Halloween costume with a white or creme background  LOL 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-12-04

I have concluded that one of each is best.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-12-04
Aye, at very least ;-)
 

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Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-11-23

for no reason,use a rainbow backround.... ,,oh man i sound like a hippie,,

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Now, that would be an interesting backdrop...!

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PKM (author)2009-10-15

I'm with Kiteman, it depends what you are photographing.  Forhigh-impact photos as opposed to "natural"-looking ones, Ilike white for front-on illumination and bright pictures, or black forside-lit low-light pictures.  Google "high key" and"low key" for more on those looks.

Other than that, I think for people a pale, but not white, background isgenerally best, unless you want a dark, luxurious interior feel where adark red or dark green will give a good atmosphere to a photo.

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Kryptonite (author)PKM2009-10-15

Ok, thanks. I might make one one or two more background colors. Butprobably with some cheaper material. $14 for a backdrop was a little outof my budget but I didn't mind.

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PKM (author)Kryptonite2009-10-16

Don't forget the 80s-as-80s-gets Laser Background!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://14.media.tumblr.com/tbXsyOG5Tk1jaaq6MdQSAexKo1_400.jpg">http://14.media.tumblr.com/tbXsyOG5Tk1jaaq6MdQSAexKo1_400.jpg</a><br />

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Kryptonite (author)PKM2009-10-17

Looks cool, probably even better with a modern day camera.


Thanks for your help every one, it really makes my day.

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Lftndbt (author)2009-10-14

I think the black looks great for contrast.
However white / cream has the advantage that, the image can be adjusted to vanish the background via increasing the brightness.

Example~

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Lftndbt (author)Lftndbt2009-10-14

Sorry, I should have mentioned. Head done to your local news agent,corner store and pickup a full colour range of card stock. From lights,mids and deep tones including black. These will allow you to flip andchoose your backing colour. They should only be $0.50US each and about 11/2 foot x 3 foot.

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Kryptonite (author)Lftndbt2009-10-15

Thanks for the ideas, although I don't quite get what you mean by "vanish the background." Could you explain?

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Lftndbt (author)Kryptonite2009-10-15

Via photo editing, If you background is a lighter colour than yourforeground item, you can increase the brightness slider until thebackground become over exposed and dissapears.

In the photo above my light tent is made of light cream calico. The rear wall is in focus and was there initially yet throughincreasing the brightness it now is not. 

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Kryptonite (author)Lftndbt2009-10-15

Nice, does it effect the foreground too much?

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aeromancy (author)2009-10-14

Back when I built my light tent, I  made sure to make thebackground interchangeable, so I could use different colors asnecessary. It is almost always best to use a neutral color that won'tbring attention away from the subject. It just depends on what you aretaking the photo of.

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Kryptonite (author)aeromancy2009-10-15

Any this-color-with-that-color ideas?

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aeromancy (author)Kryptonite2009-10-15

I always just choose what looks best. You could also look into <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_theory">color theory.</a><br />

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Kiteman (author)2009-10-14

The best answer is "it depends".  Be ready to haveseveral different shades of background available, depending on thecolour of the item being photographed.

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Kryptonite (author)Kiteman2009-10-15

Any this-with-that ideas?

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Kiteman (author)Kryptonite2009-10-15

Try a pale brown to go behind dark objects, and a darker brown, or maybepurple to go behind light objects.

This image is taken against a piece of dirty tent fabric:


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caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2009-10-15

Try complementary or contrasting colors, maybe just neon green so youcan do "green screen" rotoscoping effects to photoshop in anybackground you like.

This image is taken against a piece of robo-fleece.

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