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What's a better background for pictures? Answered

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
Re-design

11 years ago

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
jessyratfink

Reply 11 years ago

Pssssh, adds character.

(real reason: I am lazy)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

It helps add "dimension" too ;-) 
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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

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
Re-design

Reply 11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

Hmm that's a good point, thanks!

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KnexFreek
KnexFreek

11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

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

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KnexFreek
KnexFreek

Reply 11 years ago

 oh :( wahhh!!!! *sniff sniff*

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

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KnexFreek
KnexFreek

Reply 11 years ago

 please

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

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
Goodhart

11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

I have concluded that one of each is best.

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

(Black and Cream)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Aye, at very least ;-)
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Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zaphod Beeblebrox

11 years ago

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

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

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

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PKM
PKM

11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

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
PKM

Reply 11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

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
Lftndbt

11 years ago

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
Lftndbt

Reply 11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

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
Lftndbt

Reply 11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

Nice, does it effect the foreground too much?

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aeromancy
aeromancy

11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

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

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aeromancy
aeromancy

Reply 11 years ago

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
Kiteman

11 years ago

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
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

Any this-with-that ideas?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

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
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

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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