How to get the background white?

9 years 6 months ago #158848 by 520snic
I thought I would try my hand at stock photography over the weekend. I had a white background, but the background was coming up grayish no where near as white as the background was. So how do I get the background to be white?


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9 years 6 months ago #158849 by Baydream
Are you using auto white balance?

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9 years 6 months ago #158856 by 520snic
no, I was using my onboard flash, so I set the white balance to flash.


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9 years 6 months ago #158858 by ladydawg
check your exposure compensation.


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9 years 6 months ago #158877 by Pixelchix
The only way I have ever been able to get a white background is to have some kind of lighting pointing at the background. I've used my off cam flash for this and have had good results.


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9 years 6 months ago #158896 by 520snic

ladydawg wrote: check your exposure compensation.


That was at 0. Should I be changing that?


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9 years 6 months ago #158898 by 520snic

Pixelchix wrote: The only way I have ever been able to get a white background is to have some kind of lighting pointing at the background. I've used my off cam flash for this and have had good results.


Thank you. So I have to have light facing the background to achieve a white background. Alright. BTW, nice shot. That is what I am taking about...white like that.

Can I use any light? or does it have to be a flash? Because I don't have an external flash at the moment.


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9 years 6 months ago #158969 by rmeyer7
The thing that may be tough about using just any light is that it will have a different color temperature than your camera's flash. I'm thinking you might end up with a funny tint. If you can light the entire thing with identical light, making the light even and avoiding shadows on your white background, that might give you a better result.


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9 years 6 months ago #159046 by photobod
If you use tungsten lights to flood the background then set your W/B to tungsten if you use flash set your W/B to flash and so on and so on.

The only way to get a fuly white backdrop is to flood it with light but you must try to make sure none of that light falls back onto your subject as it may cause some washed out products, the main subject shoul be lit with a diffused light, unless you go out and buy a light tent that you sit your subject in. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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9 years 6 months ago #159222 by Henry Peach

520snic wrote: ...but the background was coming up grayish no where near as white as the background was. So how do I get the background to be white?


You need to increase exposure in the camera and/or add more light to the background.

Exposure compensation might work. The camera meter normally tries to make things middle gray tone, so dialing in a few stops extra exposure will make the background brighter. But it would also make the subject brighter.

To make the background brighter without increasing subject brightness add light only to the background.

White balance is about color. This sounds like an exposure problem to me.

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