Gray backgrounds are classic and timeless. Great for both formal or casual looks, they allow your subject to be the focus of attention in the image. And gray is just gray, right? Well… not exactly.
When I first started photographing portraits in studio I knew that I had to have a gray backdrop, but I often wondered which one was the “right” one to choose. In this article I’ll help you decide which shade of gray would be best for your particular application!
Do you absolutely need to use a green screen? Absolutely not! If you don’t have a chromakey setup, no green screen, or blue one for that matter, there are ways of working with what you already have. Black, gray, and even white seamless backdrops are a popular alternative to green screens for digital still photography.