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Image of the Day: Wednesday August 27th August 27, 2008

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  “Assorted ice cream in sugar cones”
Contributor: Elenathewise                 

Why we like it:  Despite the gray skies out in Seattle today, we’re not ready to give up on summer without a fight!

Elenathewise shows off three varieties of a classic summertime treat on a clean bright white background.  Yum!

Mastering white backgrounds is an important milestone for many stock photographers. Clean backgrounds are essential to good shots of products and objects, and image buyers like that it’s easy to cutout an isolated object and drop it into their projects.

Here are three tips for nice clean white backgrounds:

  • Use a seamless curved backdrop or a light tent:
  • Light the background and the subject separately:
    • Meter for the main subject(s) – and then set your background lights at least 1-2 stops higher so that it will be blown-out
      • A meter will come in handy here as you’ll want to check that the background is bright enough.
    • For best results with larger subjects such as people – you’ll need to have two lights on the background
  • Made a mistake? As usual, Photoshop can save you:

 

How do you get bright white backgrounds?  Share your suggestions in the comments.

– Brian

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