Saturday, November 13, 2010

Guess what - answered!

Here is the answer to my previous question - what is the background in this picture?
Well, I had some wonderful suggestions from you guys, some I'm actually going to try out for myself just to see if they work :) but the truth is much simpler and far easier to implement (and cheaper as well!)

What you see in the background is actually a piece of iridescent fabric. It's fairly inexpensive and easy to get in any decent fabric store. To get the beautiful colors, I used one head to light the background in a sweeping pattern (sweeping light across it, NOT spotting) & outfit it with a warming gel.
This type of fabric comes in a great array of colors and speckle sizes, pick the ones you like and experiment :)

The trick is to make sure you render the background out of focus (either distance it from your subject or use a shallow depth of filed) in order to achieve that Bokeh look!

The following photos were also shot using this type of fabric:





This image was taken with a bead curtain in the background/foreground (Jeremy actually suggested that as one of the possible solutions :))



I would love to see your own creations so feel free to share it here with us!

3 comments:

  1. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Of course that was my next guess!

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  3. I will take a snap of the actual fabric & post it here so you can see what it looks like "out of the box" :)

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