Black Velvet

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  1. Dancook

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    I did a little collating of images yesterday to see what kind I am most attracted to, this is how I realised the hilite was not for me, and I bought a black velvet backdrop instead.

    Here's my inspiration
    Studio Portraits

    Here are a few test shots with my colleague guinea pigs, having only just received the backdrop 30 mins ago.

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    and the cool one :)

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    Very happy with this purchase, look forward to using it more - if I can fold it back up to take home.
     
  2. snerkler

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    1's great. I really like this type of portraiture and been looking at images like this myself recently :smashin:

    What lighting have you used?
     
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  4. Dancook

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    Nice,

    I'll have a chance for a shoot soon.

    Louise and her friends are planning an indian themed evening, they are going to cook indian food, watch slum dog and pose for me in saris :)
     
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    Looking forward to the Sari-sesh Dan - not in mono I hope :D
     
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    Sounds great, can't wait to see the pics. My wife went to an Indian wedding last year and wore an authentic Sari, looked great, the colours are superb. Unfortunately I only had a point and shoot at the time :(
     
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    The more I look at it the more I REALLY like number 1. Did you see my edit about the lighting query?
     
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    A single speedlight in a lastolite softbox 28inch. I didn't have any stands with me, so I positioned a sl...colleague to hold it.
     
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    My favorite type of photography as you don't need a whole lot of kit to take some classy pictures that would happily stand up to some of the best.

    You're doing well with these Dan :thumbsup:

    I'll hopefully (models willing lol) be having some me time doing similar this weekend :)
     
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    Thanks Zone, 1 speedlight 1 easy to manage backdrop - certainly is a simple setup. I'll get the beauty dish into action when I try it at home.

    I put a box under the backdrop to lift it up a bit, cheaper than a £50 stand :D
     
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    Nice work Dan. I'm after doing some portrait stuff, although i currently only have two flashlights.....no softboxes or accessories. Just messing around with those, i find that the backgrounds are a pain and would like something similar to the backdrop you have. Can i ask where and how much £££ it set you back??
     
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    I'd like to know this too? Also, does it have to be a special material or can you get away with something home made using a bit of black material or something? I have to say it looks über effective :smashin:
     
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    It was £99.99 from WexPhotographic

    I am happy with the results from the lastolite softbox, it probably wouldn't have been my first choice for a studio setup - but I bought it for mobility when I was at comic con.

    The black velvet is very effective at stopping light, if you used a different material it may not give you the same unlit black.
     

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