Self-portraits (or selfies if you will) are all the rage. Why not start creating ones that will create a buzz and make your photography go viral? Using seamless paper for your photo background will give your image a dynamic presence, help eliminate any background distractions and make yourself the focal point of the shot. You’ll be able to capture your emotions using a wide variety of colors and create a memorable self-portrait.
Why Use Seamless Paper Backdrops?
Seamless paper backgrounds are cost-effect, can be purchased in different widths and are easily transported. They are also disposable and tears can be easily remedied by simply cutting off damaged areas. Since you can purchase these backdrops in different sizes, they are perfect for either the amateur working from a home studio with limited space or a professional with room to hang larger rolls and multiple colors to have at the ready.
What Color Paper Backdrops Work Best?
If you have the space and the budget, there are over 68 paper backdrop colors to choose from at Savage Universal. Find the hues that match your natural personality and coloring to make eyes; hair and attitude come through the image.
If you’re on a budget and can only afford one or two photo backgrounds, choose a color such that will work for multiple types of set-ups, like a medium or light gray. Savage Universal’s Fashion Gray seamless paper is extremely versatile because you can change the color easily by simply adding or subtracting light.
Lighting For Seamless Paper Backgrounds
Keep in mind that how you set up the lighting will have an effect on not only you but your background as well unless you utilize flags or gobos to block the light from the backdrop.
If you want to go with a subtle portrait, use three lights to create even lighting. For a dramatic effect with contrast, set up one light off to the side to create deep shadows and highlights. To create a little more mystery, use a white background along with a light gun. This will make the backdrop appear black except for where the light gun hits it. Light guns can be tricky to work with. A simpler way to get a similar effect (and that is more cost effective) is to use a flashlight. These options will take a little bit of time adjusting and readjusting how you want the light to point, but will help you create a unique self-portrait with attitude.
Seamless Backgrounds Help You Keep The Focus on You
Using a seamless background is only part of creating a great self-portrait; the other part is conveying your character. Pay attention to your setting for depth of field. The depth of field controls how much of the image will be in focus. This is probably one of the trickiest parts of self-portraits if you want to achieve the sharpest focus on your face. Use stool or similar object in place of where you’ll be standing or sitting while you focus the shot. Or, you may want to create a more artistic statement and throw yourself out focus. In this case a narrow depth of field with a setting of 5.6 or lower will give your self-portrait a bit more interest.
Composition is also a key component. You may want to fill the frame with your face or just a portion of your body. Try putting your body totally off center of the image – or even better at the edge of the frame to create tension. Shoot various body poses, wardrobe changes and switch up the propping. Are you a musician, a foodie or an avid bibliophile? Convey these parts of yourself with props. Surround yourself with piles of your favorite food, use a guitar to frame your face or place your heard perched atop a pile of books.
Seamless backgrounds are a good choice for self-portraits whether you are a professional photographer or a beginner. They are inexpensive enough that you can get several uses out of them and dispose of them when you are done. They absorb light well, get rid of distractions, and come in many size and color options. They are a good stable in any studio and can be used for a number of different kinds of shoots. Using these backgrounds with the right lighting and some choice props will help you to create the ultimate self-portraits.