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Thread: How do I achieve a complete plain white background in my shots?

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    Default How do I achieve a complete plain white background in my shots?

    Hi All,

    I'm looking to achieve this plain white background in my shots... attached is an image of what I'm trying to achieve....

    I'm looking to do some similar interviews with this type of background.

    What equipment will I need (e.g. screens, lights etc). Is there a budget option of getting a similar result?

    Apologies if this sounds simplistic, I'm a complete newbie who's very keen to work on a few bits and pieces.

    Thanks loads folks, I hope to stick around here and show you some of my stuff once Im at that stage!
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    There are different way of achieving this. One of the simplest ways of doing it would be to have a pure white background and light it well. Don't have your subject sit to near to it. If needed you could also increase the contrast to make the background pure white. Another way is to shoot with a green screen and then adjust the background during editing but if you are going to go to that bother you may as well go for the first option.

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    It's actually pretty simple. Just light the background evenly.. for a talking head setup you can get away with 2 (even 1) lights close to your white background (photo paper will work well)
    Position your actor in front of your lights used to light the white paper so there are no shadows. Set your camera, and lights so that the white background is slightly overexposed. Light your actor so they are exposed normally.

    The overexposure of the background is how you get the pure white look..
    I did this a couple months ago with a canon xha1s and got a look very similar to your thumbnail. It's simple and worked well.
    Last edited by lanemc; 05-23-2011 at 06:01 PM.

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