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Dan Howell's picture

Soft Color Background

Another assignment shot from fashion catalog shoot with agency model. Client wanted to shoot colorful late-Spring/early-Summer fashion on a fall shoot date in the studio. We chose to create a soft multi-color background using several different colored gels onto light grey seamless paper. It took some experimenting to get each filter pack right. This one was a combination of peach and pink tones created by two different heads shooting through a combination of gels on each side and also using a wire-mesh cucoloris. We also created sets with yellow tones and one with blue tones to fill out the shots for the Spring-Summer collection of casual fashion.

When you hit the color mix right, the concept can be an effective and economical set for studio fashion. It takes advance planning or a library of gel colors (lucky to have both) to create a nice interplay between the clothes and the set. I kept the light clean on the model by blocking off the heads creating the color with V-flats. Model is lit with large soft box to one side which is blocked off from background to prevent washing out the color effect.

NIKON D810
86mm · f/5.6 · 1/200s · ISO 100
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Matheus Castro de Brito's picture

sorry for the question, what is the name of the clothing brand? I need to see more pictures as good as this one.
what did you use to soften the backlight besides the gels? and how many were?