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Background issue with photo - not lite up correctly

19 Sep 2016 9:12AM
After the shoot I noticed I didn't light of the back all that great so the photo doesn't look all that great - other then changing out the background and replacing it with something else - is there something I can do to correct it the background in lightroom of photoshop?? thanks ...

Chrism8 14 965 27 England
19 Sep 2016 9:56AM
Morning Andrew,

Done this fairly quickly with the magic wand tool in PS, select the background, then fill with white and tidy as required with a medium to small brush.

Sorry, should have tidied the r/h side, didn't notice it till uploaded, this is a very easy fix.

rambler Plus
12 1.0k 17 England
19 Sep 2016 10:01AM

I got this by lightening the right hand edge, adjusting the colour saturation, changing the mid-tones in levels, adjusting brightness and contrast and applying a .bit of sharpening to the face.

Hope that helps

EddieAC Plus
16 2.9k 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2016 10:27AM
This video by Gavin Hoey for Adorama may be of interest. Smile
davidburleson 14 3.0k 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2016 12:44PM
5 minutes using a mask technique stated on

Good thing about this method is it also allows you to remove the stray hairs and it's non-destructive.


JackAllTog Plus
11 6.2k 58 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2016 1:07PM
I vaguely try to think that for a pure white background - you need at least 2 lights either side to blow out the background and then one+ lights to light the model. You also need some distance separation from model to background.
Same to a black background, good distance so not to light the background too. And no background light lights.

However many fashion photos now seem to have a soft shadow on the wall behind - so i assume perhaps just one diffused/bounced light back to the model/wall.
Chrism8 14 965 27 England
22 Sep 2016 2:00PM
Agree with JackAllTog,

I've always lit the model separately to the background what-ever the colour it is, treat then as individual and different subjects.

For a shot similar to the above, have the model further away from the BG, 2 lights aimed roughly 45 deg to the BG and equal power, then light the model with either 1 or 2 lights and you could add a hair light if required as well.

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