Four Looks, One Gray Background : Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

Four Looks, One Gray Background : Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey


In this video I show you how to get four
different looks from one gray background AdoramaTV presents Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey. Hello, I’m Gavin Hoey and you are watching AdoramaTV. brought to you by Adorama, the camera store that has everything for us photographers.
Now I’m working in a small studio 16 feet by 25 feet, and if you told
me I could only have one background, well guess what color I would choose? I’m
always going to choose gray for a small studio space and in this video and show
you 4 great setups that you can do with gray. It’s versatility is tremendous,
now I’ve got different gray here, I’ve got to a gray painted textured wall, which is
just brilliant but you could do something simple like have gray seamless
paper or even down there, the DIY route with some great material, this is kinda
stretchy fabric, that really works rather well. Whatever you use, if you’re working
in a small studio grey is your best choice. So lets a model in, lets get some lights set up, let’s take some pictures. So today I’m joined in the studio by Beth. Beth going to be the model
against the gray background and this gray background is just a plain paper gray
background, now we’re going to start with a very simple lighting setup and then
we’ll get more interesting and imaginative as this progresses so I just
got a single softbox with the streak light and because of the distance
between and the background, we should end up with a background that
looks pretty similar to the color you see here. Now we will test that by doing
some shots I’ve metered this out ready f4 Let’s get some pictures in the bag, here we go. So we have just added a grid to the softbox, so the idea that is to give me a bit more directions to the light If you are working inside of a small
studio like I am a grid on a softbox is one of the best things you can do to
really help control and direct the light so let’s get Beth just to step
backwards against the background for me and I’ll bring the lights in, right in front of
you, like that, now because I’ve moved the light I’ve got to remember to meter the light.
So with the flash meter underneath Beth’s chin, I’m still getting f4, so I am still on exactly the
same aperture I was on before. Ok let’s just take a couple shots like that. So with the grey shot done, lets do black grey background black easily using the inverse square law Now if you want to find out more about the inverse square law, check out the Adorama Learning Center where you’ll find tons of information on how you can use it to your advantage, but I all I need to do.. is ask Beth just to step forward for me If you can come in a little bit… that’s perfect
with Beth very close to the light and the background relatively further away the
inverse square law says that background should go basically black. I’ve still got the
grid on the front of here that grid is still going to help me give direction to
the light, of course I need to remeter, so I get my flash meter, pop it underneath Beth’s chin, I’m getting f5.6, I could either adjust the flash or just dial in at f5.6
that’s what I’m going to do, lets take a shot see if it goes black. And yes it does with the
light really closer the model is not too difficult to make the gray background
drop out to black. So we can also make the background go the opposite to black, we can go
white by adding a second light, so if I get a second streak light and put it right in
behind Beth, and it is in as close to the back of Beth as I can get, because
this is a tiny studio space we don’t have a lot of room. I’m going to meter that out,
let’s just see what it comes and I’m actually interested in not how much
light is falling into the background I’m interested on how much is falling onto
the back of Beth’s head. Now if you want to find out why that’s important there’s a video on… you guessed it AdoramaTV on how to make your white backgrounds really white. I can see that
the amount of light on the back of Beth’s head is no more than on the
front, that means we shouldn’t burn out the hair. Let’s take a shot see how that looks. And there you have a lovely clean white
background. It is a little bit more difficult to make a gray background go
white, than black but it can be done. So we’ve done gray, we’ve done white, we’ve done black, well grey can do one more thing as well it can go any colour you like with some gels.
Now gels come in different sizes and shapes and colors these are the gels
that you can get specifically for the streak light kit. I’ve got a red and a blue combine them together I get a sort of
purple color, and I reckon that’s going to work really well, so I’m just going pop that on to the light. Ok now that’s going to effect the exposure when you have a gel in front of a light, less
light’s going to come through, so it’s a good idea to meter, get an idea of what sort
of exposure you’re likely to get so if I meter if this now, I’m getting f11
now I’m still shooting at f5.6. The key light, the main light, that hasn’t changed. So f11, you might imagine quite bright in the
background. It’s best to take a shot and have a look and see what you get, cause
you might be surprised, now lets take a shot like that. Ok Beth, I’m just going to do a simple headshot,
and as you can see we’ve actually got quite a strong color, now the lovely thing is
I can change the intensity of the color by changing the brightness of that
background light so if I drop it down a couple of stops which I can do here on the remote Lets take the same shot again, and now we end up
with a much richer, slightly darker colored background, it really falls off
nicely to a dark gray that’s because the background itself of course is gray,
which is why of course if you are going to gel a background, gray is a great color to work with
especially in a small studio, but I reckon with a bit of a lovely funky color going on there we can get a bit more interesting with our shots, so lets give Beth some props, it’s very hard to model without some props. I’ll give you a pair of sunglasses and I’ve got a video
explaining how you can use props coming up here in on AdoramaTV later in this series. Ok let’s just take a shot like this. Here we go… Lets go for a symmetry shot… So now you know why gray is the background color of choice for me in my small studio and over the next series of videos I’ll be working
with gray background in lots of different ways. Now if you want to see those
videos and the other amazing videos from the fantastic presenters right here on
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