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Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher

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12. Creative Backdrops

Now that we’ve covered how to shape, control, and color light, let’s talk about your options regarding backdrops. If ordinary paper or fabric backdrops are what you want, you know you can simply order some from B&H. But by now you also know that sometimes you don’t even need a backdrop at all, like when you’re blacking out a room or blowing a blank wall out to white. In this chapter, you’ll learn a third approach: Armed with a cheap inkjet printer and Google, you can transport your subject anywhere.

No Paris? No Problem.

This first technique is an elevated version of a tourist trap staple: the large, timeworn print of the landmark for visitors to pose in front of. The concept is simple. Print out a large picture, shoot ...

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