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Tip Tuesday: Lighting Backgrounds without a Second Flash

Normally, when we’re lighting a background, we want to light the background and the subject separately, which is one reason why we try to keep our subject 8 to 10 feet from the background (well, that, and we don’t want to see the subject’s shadow falling on the background behind them, and creating that separation lets their shadow fall on the floor, instead of on the background). However, if you only have one flash, and you want your background lit, just move your flash close enough to the background, so that the light from your flash can reach it....

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Create Real Reflections and Dramatic Backgrounds

  You’ll often see a reflection appear below a product, and while you can add these reflections after the fact in Photoshop, it’s easier to just have real reflections. The easy way to get those reflections is to shoot your product on some plexiglass (either clear or white frosted). Just put a rectangular sheet of plexi right over your background (you can pick up these small sheets of plexiglass at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s for around $15) and it does the rest. If you want to go for a dramatic look for your product shots, try this:...

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