I am going to attempt to do my first shoot this weekend with the girls for there 9 month pictures. I purchased a 3 yard piece of black velor type of fabric. Is that long enough? I am thinking of going back to get some white fleece. Is that a good fabric to use for a newbie, and how much should I get to be big enough for two 9 month olds?
Hopefully these will come out ok. I'll be sure to post them when I'm done. I will need LOTS of CC!!! I am going to attempt to get enough light from the windows. Stupid question, but should I have them facing the window, or have their backs to the windows? (can you tell I'm new at this?)
I think for natural lighting/shadows you'd want the window to one side of them--?
Good luck! I love doing "shoots" of my daughter it's so much work but fun! I'm still learning too! I used fabric backdrops that were just fabrics I had around the house. I would think fleece might attract every hair and piece of lint though...I know it does when I wear it lol.
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That was my concern about fleece also, which is why I went with the other fabric for the black. But I have read a lot of others using fleece with good results. So much to learn!
I will try taking pics this afternoon in all directions with the windows and see which way comes out best. I really do have a TON to learn.
the black velour was my first fabric backdrop purchase. I always get 4 yards ... but I started out hanging them from a 6ft tall bookcase. 3 yards should be fine for their size, depending on how you're hanging it. you want them a couple of feet from the backdrop so you need the extra yardage at front on the floor.
I haven't done white fleece ... white is really hard for a backdrop, so I rarely use the whites I have for anything because the editing afterwards is a challenge.
as far as the light, it's best from the side/front. meaning, not directly across from them, but when you do it directly from the side, you get one side that's bright and the other not. if you have reflectors, that's good. and since you have two kids, then angling the light so that it's on them but not harshly across from them is best. not sure if I'm explaining it right ... but with a black backdrop, you have to be careful that you're metering just off of them and not the backdrop.
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