I’ve been talking about this darn thing forever! and it’s really no biggy … but it is a biggy … for me it’s the difference between getting a shot, and not getting a shot.
It goes way back to a post I wrote in February “Photography Backgrounds and Light” and how I love the colour of the walls in our condo, but I don’t love them for my photography. I finally decided it was time to follow up on a suggestion from Cristina Colli on painting a custom background.
Ta da! ( I know, it looks blue, but I’ll get to that) …
I dragged the hubs to Home Depot where we purchased a piece of 4′ x 4′ plywood. However, when we got to the car, we couldn’t fit it in … argh … so we had to go back and have them cut 4″ off one side. I would have preferred not to have had to cut it, but there was no other option. It’s still large enough to serve as a faux wall, and I cannot tell you how much easier this piece of wood has made my life!
It’s the old “go big or go home!”
So I now have no problem shooting a complete vignette with no distractions in the background. And yes, the background looks blue but after applying one of Kim Klassen’s LR presets, then desaturating the blue tones, it works very well:
I used an ordinary, everyday, white acrylic paint and slapped it on … then added another coat with the grey tint …… leaving one side white …
It also works beautifully for top-down shots:
So there you have it; one big piece of plywood, acrylic paint (white, and grey), and a little magic in Lightroom.
Here’s a screen grab of the Color Panel. What’s great about desaturating only the blues is that most of the time there are no blues in my flowers or props that are affected.
So there you have it, the complete behind-the-scenes of my still life photography in Arizona. I hope you find it helpful and inspiring.
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