Digital Backdrops

In this day and age of technology, the art of photography is changing rapidly and an example of this is the use of Digital Backdrops.  As a professional photographer, I am seeing digital backdrops being used frequently for baby and childrens’ photos.  Additionally, I see digital backgrounds used at amusement parks where the photographers are taking photos of families “having fun” backgrounds.  Assuming you have a professional studio, you will likely use a photography backdrop that is typically green or white.  Conveniently, these digital backdrops can be found readily from a number of sources online.  What I like to do is to have a library of digital backgrounds that I can present to my client for their consideration. It is easy to see what it will look like in a finished product.  You will typically use your Photoshop software to load the template and you will need to place the subject into the frame, so the subject naturally fits.  Once you take the photo, you will need to do some quick editing to make sure that the subject is shown correctly in the foreground.

I have seen several different types of digital backdrops used.  For example, you can have a digital backdrop of a subject standing next to a famous person.  Additionally, you can show a baby in a carriage within a fantasy environment containing unicorns and angels.  The number of digital backdrops available is exhaustive with hundreds or even thousands of themes.  In addition to people, I have seen products placed within digital backdrops which can add to the message you are trying to convey.  Even though digital backdrops are popular, you have a couple of considerations.  First of all, make sure that you have sufficient lighting.  You want to make sure the photo of the subject is natural and fits into the overall theme of the digital backdrop.  Second, you need to consider the backdrop itself.  One of the biggest issues I see with digital backdrops is that they can actually pull focus away from the subject.  Instead of the subject being the focal point of the photo, the images on the digital backdrop become the focal point.  With that said, if you are a professional photographer, you will want to incorporate digital backdrops in your repertoire of photography services.   Good luck and I hope that the information provided is useful for those considering Digital Backdrops.

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