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!


  1. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Of course that was my next guess!

  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" :)