This Quick Shot question is from Nick Stewart who wanted to know what all the fuss is about grey backgrounds and some tips on lighting them.
First off I should say my studio is fitted with a seamless vinyl background which I absolutely love working with. With careful lighting I can make it pure white through to dark grey. I also have a roll of black muslin which I roll out if I need a black or light it with gels for some funky colour effects.
Much as I love my white seamless, if I only had the room/money for one background it would be grey. Why? Well watch the video to find out.
A couple of questions from the video.
What triggers were you using?
They’re the Yongno RF602
I love the gel idea who makes them?
I’m using the Strobist gels from Rosco Here's the link
Great, how do I attach them to the speedlite?
I use two little bits of blu-Tack at the edge of the flash. The gels stick every time.
Where have I seen that softbox before?
It's a Lastolite Ezybox and you might have seen it here
Where did you get the grey background?
You can pick them up from many places but mine came from my good friends at smick.co.uk. Here’s the link
Why didn’t you iron the background?
Good point. The reason was to show that creases can vanish when lighting the grey background to white.
So are you saying DON’T iron a muslin background.
No, always iron it before using it.