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Achieving a Pure White Background

200612bc_webphotosch Professional Photographer magazine offers our readers free lighting tutorials from Web Photo School.

Achieving a pure white background may seem simple, but it's not so hard to foul it up. A new photographer usually goes too far in one direction or another when attempting to create a perfect white background.

A) An insufficient amount of light on the background creates a shade of gray.

B) Too much light on the background turns the subject matter 'milky' and saturation is lost.

This lesson shows you the techniques necessary to control your white backgrounds.

Topics Covered:

  • How to prepare for an indoor sports portrait
  • Setting up proper lighting ratios
  • Techniques on using a light meter
  • Special effects using Plexiglas

Go to Achieving a Pure White Background at Web Photo School.