The simplest—and most versatile—background in your arsenal is the white seamless. It can easily be made any shade from white to black, or you can add gradients and shadows just with light placement. In this video, see just how versatile this simple thing can be.
- One of the most versatile backdrops that you can…have in your photo collection is a white seamless.…A white seamless can be anything from a simple white…bed sheet to roll of white paper, or as we have here,…a vinyl white seamless.…The vinyl white is extra nice because…it's easy to clean and hard to wrinkle,…but whatever you're using, the end result…is the same, a very flexible background.…Why is it flexible?…You could make a white seamless anything…from pure white to pure black, any shade of gray in between,…or as you're about to see, depending on how we light it,…we can even put a gradient across it.…
It's really, really cool.…So we're gonna start off with this ceremonial axe.…As you can see here, it is dug into this…big block of styrafoam, propped up nicely.…I have a single LED light shining on it right now.…This is a Felix light, and the barn doors on the light…are blocking the light from hitting the backdrop,…so it's only hitting the axe itself.…I'm shooting this with my Lumix GX8.…I've got a long lens on here, the 35 to 100,…
Need a refresher on the basics? Check out Joseph's Photography 101 series.
- Shooting with a smartphone or full-size camera
- Creating a softbox setup for shooting small products
- Shooting against a white seamless background
- Lighting for product photography
- Shooting accurate color
- Retouching product photography in post