Image backgrounds

anthony goode
Sat, 15 Feb 2003 14:11:35 PST
I use a piece of hardboard painted with blackboard paint which is matt
black.  I prefer to photograph in bright natural light, even bright
sun gives excellent results making the colours shine if you can avoid
excesisve light/shade contrasts  on the subject.

In bright sun I angle the background to avoid the sunlight striking
it, ie the background is in shade, may sound awkward but my principal
subjects are small and pot grown (Crocus) which allows all this to
take place in the comfort of the greenhouse!

The black background avoids any of the distractions which can occur in
natural backgrounds.  The effect can be quite dramatic.  I have
experimented with pastel shades of art paper (sold cheaply for
children to use) but you then need several alternatives to avoid the
background clashing with the colour of your subject or the risk of
losing the subject in the background colour.  I get much smaller file
sizes for the same number of pixels when using the black background.
No doubt someone with greater technical knowledge can explain this but
I assume that a uniform colour saves on memory and perhaps black is
'low cost' on this front.

Hope this helps

Tony Goode. Norwich UK

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