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    Hi there and thank you for your help.

    I need to do a shoot for a girl who is going to enter a "Miss Face" competition. All will be face shots. Am I correct in choosing a complete white background for these shots?

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    Not really, also consider light blue, mottled grey etc. I would suggest a bg which will compliment her eyes and clothing.
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    Default Re: Background for portrait

    always use something that will work hard ..white, or plain grey..U get stunning images of grey Name:  untitled (2 of 16).jpg
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    Thanx Simon & Corlie.

    I will do a few test shots on my kids trying out your suggestions before the shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonDP View Post
    Not really, also consider light blue, mottled grey etc.
    I think it's a good idea. It will be much better than using white background. In any case it requires some tests to get an ideal result.

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    I think that white isn't so good idea. It is my opinion, of course
    Of course. The white color should be used only in case when other things have dark colors. It's obvious.
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    I would say "please no". That is if you want to do something different. My preference would be a grey or darker background with a flash spot (possibly gelled with colour) behind her. This is far more interesting than plain white. An out of focus background (with complementary colours) can be very effective.

    Just search "portrait photography" in google images to see what I mean.
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    Default Re: Background for portrait

    white is fine, because by simply not lighting it, you can create a nice grey.

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    Yes, White background is suitable for every photo shoot has white as all the colors. Try experimenting with chroma effects to enhance the face for the purpose of the competition .

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    be careful with using a white background. The technique (with other details) has been patented by Amazon... http://www.popphoto.com/news/2014/05...ess-background

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    I'm no pro partrait photographer but I was under the impression that background colour was determined by the subjects skin colour or colours being worn etc. Or am I talking snott!

    My suggestion would be to try various backgrounds, ranging from light to dark.
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    i should suggest white is the best color for background, as it will enhance other colors on it and the image looks clean and sharp for all.

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