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Beyond the fact that Michelle is an amazing dancer, this is a studio portrait using seamless white photography.  I love this style because it bring the focus on  the subject as the background is blown out to pure white.

To make the effect work you need white background. But that is not enough.  A pure white background can be made grey or black just by moving the lights away from the background.  Move the light away from a white surface and it will turn grey and eventually black.

To blow out the white, you need 2 strobes firing at the backdrop while a third light is on the subject from the front.  The front is usually a softbox.

The subject needs to be placed enough distance from the backdrop or the light bouncing from the backdrop with spill on her and over expose her.  This is the most challenging part of the shoot-  keeping the backlight off her.

I try to meter the back drop for f11 and the subject for f8.  That 2:1 ratio works pretty well.

You can tell Michele is exposed correctly because her skin tones are warm.  If you want to see what happens if you let the background light spill on her look at the arm behind her.  You can see it is overexposed.

As I add a photo booth to our wedding packages, seamless white is the option I think will work best for our clients.


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