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

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14. Portraits on White

As you may have noticed by now, isolating your subject on white is much easier to accomplish than most people realize. All you need is a whitish wall, an uncarpeted floor, and about 20 to 30 feet to allow enough space to light the background and subject separately. Tile, glossy wood, and even concrete floors actually work rather well when you are blowing them out to white.

Travel Light

As you can see in Figure 14.1, the subject is standing on a glossy brown concrete floor in front of a white wall, complete with a black baseboard. This job was in Little Rock, Arkansas, which meant that I had to fly to get there. Space was therefore limited, and I couldn’t (nor did I want to) take a lot of gear with me on the plane. I wasn’t ...

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