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| p.1 #14 · Which do you prefer solid black or pure white BG. |
Peter Figen wrote:
"Not in these particular shots, but in your own shooting. If you were never going to change it in PP. Which do you prefer. It used to be white for me but I am slowly seeing more and more black BG's in my shots."
If you're going to change the background in post, you generally want two things: 1. You want separation everywhere between your subject and the background and 2. You want to use a color and tone of your current background to be at least in the ballpark of what you're going to drop in later on.
If you're going to drop in a blue sky, I'd want to shoot with a blue seamless, still making sure to have separation. It can be problematic in masking if the original background is too different - not that it can't be done, but that making it look perfect is much harder. It's also sometimes surprising how much of the background is reflected in things like the sides of faces and even in the shine of strand of hair, and those are often the things that make or break a successful composite. If I have no idea what the new background is going to be, I am usually inclined to shoot it with a light gray, which gives me the most versatility later on.
I only mentioned not in my shots because I did not want people to get the wrong idea of the post. Did not want them to think I wanted them to critique my choice of each BG (although I do not mind, just not the intention of the post). From an artistic standpoint if you had to settle on one or the other and had to start getting your clientele to dress accordingly, which would it be. Simple question.