A portrait should NEVER be about the background, however, a great portrait background can make or break the shot. My favorite solid portrait background color is gray, because with gels I can make it just about any color I want. But what about when you want some texture or design in your background? Sure you can add a new background in Photoshop which adds a lot of time to the process or you can go on location but that puts you at the mercy of Mother Nature.
So the practical question is how many portrait backgrounds can you afford to buy? Hand painted portrait backgrounds are expensive. Printed backgrounds are all the craze right now because they can be purchased for less than a hundred dollars which is very reasonable, but how many photographs are you going to take with the same background? You can vary the look of your hand painted or printed backgrounds with creative use of depth of field and also add colored gels to get variations, but you are limited in options and then you’re just stuck with an expensive background that you don’t want to over use.
The Solution is a big TV. That’s right – in my case a 65” 4K LED TV mounted on an adjustable stand with wheels so that I can easily move it around. Now before you call me crazy and say this is way too expensive… stay tuned until the end, it’s not as expensive as you think – in fact – it has a much higher return on investment than those printed backgrounds.
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