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My Photo Setup

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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: United Kingdom
My Photo Setup
Posted by docipaul on Sunday, February 19, 2017 5:37 AM

Many people are asking about white background and how to achieve it without making your background grey or yellow.

This is how I do it and things you need

1. White background (paper or cloth, long enough to go far back from the model)

2. Flashes x 4 with shoot through umbrella x1 

    I use YN 560iii with build in receiver for the front of the model

    YN 460 manual flash x2 on slave mode, this is pointed to the background. You can adjust the strength of the flash manually so you wont have a burned out photo.

3. Transceiver x1 for the two front flashes.

4. DSLR camera or any camera that has hot shoe to mount the tranceiver.

5. Photo editing program

6. Lots of patience, imagination and time on your hand to spend lol!


the last 2 images are composite of multiple photos and the last photo, I was pretending to be a layout artist of magazine lol!

Thanks for looking.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Virginia
Posted by Mike F6F on Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 PM

Nice work balancing your strobe output for the white background.

I always caution folks when using a white background with models because less sophisticated lighting and exposure settings tend to create gray backgrounds and underexposed models.

It appears you used some plexiglass for your base in the set-up. That's a good touch.

If you want to have some more fun balancing flash units, try rigging your set-up so that you can use one flash underneath the plexiglass pointing upwards beneath your model. Balanced correctly you can eliminate any shadows and get a little light underneath the model.  

One optical effect is that the model will appear to be floating in space over a white background and surface.  

This can also be helpful in any composite photo you want to try of an aircraft in flight.  Since a/c in flight often have some skylight negating or filling in underneath shadows, the light through the plexiglass enhances that illusion.

Give it a try.  I think you'll enjoy the challenge and playing with the results.



"Grumman on a Navy Airplane is like Sterling on Silver."


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