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8 Background Photography Tips For Better Photos

The background you use for your portraits can sometimes be overlooked as a none-important element but they can actually help create a really cracking shot.

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8 Background Photography Tips For Better Photos:

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When shooting indoor portraits, picking the right photography backdrop can make or break a photograph and with so many choices available, it can be hard to know which type/style of background to use. There are simple photography backdrops as well as more textured, abstract backdrops and on top of this, you then need to ensure it's lit correctly so having the right studio lighting, including a ring light, is important, too. 

To help you perfect your indoor portrait shoots with photography backgrounds, these 8 tips will have you shooting like a professional portrait photographer in no time. 


Tip 1. Warm White Light Works Well 

Adding a contrasting effect between the subject and the corresponding background works well as does using a warm white light. For a glamourous look, use a black, shiny sequined backdrop.  


Tip 2. Keep It Simple With A White Backdrop

White silk cloth is another simple yet compelling photography backdrop to opt for. White compliments any outfits, make-up, or concept.


Tip 3. Go Ethereal With Tulle 

You can use a Tulle fabric portrait backdrop of any colour to create a softer, dreamier look for portraits. The texture and volume the material creates also add interest.  


Tip 4. Experiment With Poses 

Asking your subject to try different poses will always result in more creative portraits and you can also move your positioning or use your zoom lens to focus on your subject's face. 


Tip 5. Something A Bit Different

Marble or porcelain finish portrait backdrops can help create a deep lighting effect, emphasising your subject's skin. 


Tip 6. The Three Tone Trick 

Maintain and keep a maximum of three tones of colour in your portrait shots and don't allow the colour/tone of the backdrop to distract from your subject. 


Tip 7. Backdrops For Formal Portraits 

A metallic, abstract texture backdrop creates heavy volume and mass which suits subjects in formal attire and creates strong-looking portraits. 


Tip 8. Chevron Backdrop Choices 

Chevron photography backdrops can create fun and modern-looking backgrounds in portraits of children and adults. Juxtapose the strong shapes with soft lace and silk or dress your subject in smart, casual clothing for a cool modern shoot. 

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