Buying at least one background: Green, Black, and/or White?

Started May 18, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Buying at least one background: Green, Black, and/or White?
In reply to mizzar, May 18, 2012

mizzar wrote:

I'm going to be buying a background or two for portrait and product photography. I know I want to do lots of compositing so I know the green is a must.

Hmm, no, green isn’t a must. Why would you think that?

Is there any benefit to the white or black when I can just add either in post using the green? (please assume I have plenty of time)

Without a plugin or specialist program, extraction for chroma green isn’t that easy.

Also, fabric vs vinyl? The ease of cleanup on vinyl seems like a big pro but its 2-3 times the price. How much of a pain are wrinkles in fabric?

Seamless paper. White, black, a mid to light gray, then a selection of any colors you want to work with.


Seamless paper comes standard in 107, 53, and 26 inch rolls. Wider rolls are also available, but with fewer color options, and there are probably about forty colors available in 5 foot rolls. Personally, I find 26 inches too narrow, even for small products, and cut down 107 inch rolls to two rolls a little shy of 3 and 6 feet. You need to be using telephoto lenses for narrow backgrounds, and that means some distance between you and the product, with the necessary traipsing back and forth from camera position to product at each change in product angle. With an assistant, this isn’t a problem.

Again, this would be of studio based product and portrait (full length) work and compositing/ computer work is not a challenge. Thanks for any input!

Full length, but how many people? You can extend a roll as high as your ceiling. What width?

Brian A

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