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Background with a beamer or a slide projector-how to do?

Frank Scylla , Sep 13, 2008; 05:16 a.m.

I am just an amateur. To do shots in a studio means for me to rent one. Nearly all no all rental studio nearby have only these for some shots boring black or white backgrounds. And changing the background in photoshop with a more textured is at one point a lot of work and for my eyes you can see it most time, probably I´m an idiot not to use ps and his masks right but I question first myself and now you- has anyone experience to make a more interesting background by lighting it with textures or pictures from a beamer or a slide projector?

And if anyone has this experience. Is there a book or a web link that explains how to do- or is it so uncomplicated no further explanation is required?

Thanks for your time.


Rashed Abdulla , Sep 13, 2008; 05:41 a.m.

If you are interested in a full studio lay out and at very resnoble price you could have one from Thailand, it is an English form manufaturing there, the company products name is Electra, I have all of the studio lighting and the motorized drops from them plus the infra red triggers and so on.

You need to state the size of the room you are going to use for your studio so they do the necessary recommendations for you.

I like to practise in the studio some times and there is no studio for rent here so I had to buy my set up.

Wishing you a good luck and best regards from Qatar.

This is my lay out including the Toyo View Camera

Rashed Abdulla , Sep 13, 2008; 05:46 a.m.

By the way my friend, the drops comes each in two, one of a standard colors canves and the other is the special effect painted canves and thw motor drop each role in two sides, so you have six drops but the system is designed to take more if you wish and they are very easy to dimantel and replace more rollers when needed.

Christine Mitchell , Sep 13, 2008; 07:04 a.m.

You might try looking up your local camera club. They often have fully equipped studios available for free or a nominal cost for members.

Ton Mestrom , Sep 13, 2008; 08:41 a.m.

to answer your question, you either backlight your background or you project a image directly at your model which in itself can create all kinds of great effects.

Henry Posner , Sep 17, 2008; 03:05 p.m.

Virtual Backgrounds sells exactly what you're after, although it's not inexpensive and there's a learning curve. It's a projector optically aligned with the camera lens via a beamsplitter. The projected background image is projected via flash onto a specially coated 3M background screen. The screen works like a standard home screen but the beam it returns is very very narrow and therefor more concentrated. There are a couple of tricks for success:

The room has to have almost no ambient light.
The subject lighting has to be feathered or gobo'd so none spills onto the background screen at all.
The projector output has to be carefully balanced to the subject lighting so exposures are balanced.
Care must be taken to ensure the beamsplitter is mounted correctly and the camera & projector lenses aligned perfectly.

Henry Posner
B&H Photo-Video

Frank Scylla , Sep 30, 2008; 05:22 p.m.

Thanks for your explanations...i gave it a try.

just to show you one of these- i like it, but it´s not exactly what I wanted to do.


DAVID DELEON , Nov 13, 2009; 11:07 a.m.

I got that crazy idea the other day, how about projecting images on the wall for portraits
so i did it for halloween pic. Used a convencional 500.00 dollar projector and to monolights for
the subjects. This is what a got

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