Getting gray background using white paper

Started Jun 26, 2013 | Questions thread
ChrisBurch Regular Member • Posts: 436
Re: Getting gray background using white paper

If you want to vary the light on the pendant from the background, you will need separate light sources.  If it was a portrait, you would just have the subject step away from the background and have dedicated lights on the background and separate lights for the subject.  You're doing product photography with the subject sitting on the background, so you're options are more limited.  You certainly could separate them if you hang the pendant and use separate lights.  Since you're using a piece of paper for the background, you wont be able to get far enough away from the pendant to apply separate lights.

With the gear you mentioned, your only option is to light the background from underneath.  I wasn't talking about using the light tent in its normal configuration...only to use it as the background instead of piece of paper.  If your tent is one of those free standing collapsible cubes, just put the pendant on the very top of the cube and then stick your light on the inside pointing up.  You'll need a separate light source to light up the pendant from above.  A close reflector might work instead put the reflector above the pendant to bounce the light from the tent back onto the pendant), but you'll have to try it know sure.

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