Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: The right color for basic home studio portrait

  1. #1

    Default The right color for basic home studio portrait

    Hi guys, as per topic. Usually what is a good basic color to start with?

    I sold off a chroma green. Find it unsuitable.
    White seems hard to maintain since cloth turn yellowish.
    Grey vs black?

  2. #2

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    White, black for me.
    Grey can always be 'manipulated' by controlling exposure

  3. #3

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    White, black for me.
    Grey can always be 'manipulated' by controlling exposure
    yup, i read that grey can made white or made black by exposure.. isnt this better, 1 stone 2 birds

  4. #4
    Moderator catchlights's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Punggol, Singapore
    Posts
    21,902

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    yup, i read that grey can made white or made black by exposure.. isnt this better, 1 stone 2 birds
    it is not so simple, you need to able to light the background and your subject separately.

    just go for neutral tone, they are more versatile.
    Shoot to Live, Live to Shoot
    www.benjaminloo.com | iStock portfolio

  5. #5

    Default

    Erm catchlights I suppose ur neutral tone means white or black right?
    In my case mean black is e best choice den.

  6. #6
    Moderator daredevil123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    lil red dot
    Posts
    21,627
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    yup, i read that grey can made white or made black by exposure.. isnt this better, 1 stone 2 birds
    Most useful background is white. If there is only one background you can buy, buy white. If can buy another one, get a black one.

    Why white? By using distance of subject and flash to background, you can make a white background grey. You can also do high key by lighting up the background. If you need colors, you can use gels and fill a white background with color.

    Chroma green is only useful if you intend to do CGI or merging.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 29th October 2011 at 08:12 AM.

  7. #7

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07

    yup, i read that grey can made white or made black by exposure.. isnt this better, 1 stone 2 birds
    Not exactly...white can be turned into different shades of grey or black...but grey can't be turned into white, only black.

    I will say white is most versatile if you really just need one.

    As catchlights mentioned you need another separation light if you are using white to create black /grey background as shadows may bleed into the "background"

  8. #8
    Moderator catchlights's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Punggol, Singapore
    Posts
    21,902

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    if you want to get colors from neutral tone background by gel-ing the background lights, it is better to use gray or black color background to start with,
    if using white color background instead, you can only get pastel tone colors, will not be solid colors.

    to make white color b/g into jet black, you need to place your white background far far far far far far away from your subject and shield the key light falls on the background, I don't think any home studio have that kind of luxury of space, unless you are shooting small figurines and not placing it on the background itself.


    chroma key background is for you to shoot your subject with the ideal of replacing background in the post, it is not design to use it as a background on it own.
    Shoot to Live, Live to Shoot
    www.benjaminloo.com | iStock portfolio

  9. #9

    Default

    Yup tts y I sold the green after learning all e factors. Ya I do not have e space so was thinking hard to get either white or a black. My worry is white muslin turning yellowish or dirty under e road of usage.

    Now advice from u (catchlights) make more sense n sent me leaning towards e white.. I do find black may b too limited for me though I read black can create more dramatic looks

  10. #10

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    White black blue pink
    Sony α
    My Flickr | Facebook

  11. #11
    Moderator daredevil123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    lil red dot
    Posts
    21,627
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    Yup tts y I sold the green after learning all e factors. Ya I do not have e space so was thinking hard to get either white or a black. My worry is white muslin turning yellowish or dirty under e road of usage.

    Now advice from u (catchlights) make more sense n sent me leaning towards e white.. I do find black may b too limited for me though I read black can create more dramatic looks
    Thing is backgrounds are really not that expensive. You can buy more muslin backgrounds and just hang or clip those up. Also get a piece of black velvet, if you really want real real black bg.

  12. #12

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Zahne
    White black blue pink

    Haha blue pink not my colors

  13. #13

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    if u have a white wall at home and don mind using your floor tiles as part of the image
    u can just get a black one

    for me, black / white / brown

  14. #14
    Member Alan Chan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapor
    Posts
    561

    Default Re: The right color for basic home studio portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    My worry is white muslin turning yellowish or dirty under e road of usage.
    stains wont show unless its very bad. if you us a flash on it for pure white, no stain should show at all. anyway cleaning of a 3x6m white muslin is about $10.
    Nikon D700| 70-200mm f/2.8G VR2| 28-70mm f/2.8D| 85mm f/1.8G| 50mm f/1.8G| SB900/SB28| MB-D10

  15. #15

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •