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Background Check

When taking pictures of my products I would love to have a model! Let's be real! People love to see how products can be used, worn, played with, etc. before they buy! I'm one of those people big time. I like to see how it fit on the model or the mannequin and then imagine how good I would look in it.


But it is not always possible for me to have a live model, so now it's time for me to be creative. That's what this blog is about, getting creative with your backgrounds in your pictures. We will get back to that in a min.


Before I learned this technique ( I know I am a little behind the times, but so happy I caught up ) taking pictures was such a hassle. Making sure the background is not clutter, getting the right light, etc. And since there was no model, I had to make sure the picture would catch the public eye. So I tried using wrapping paper and packing brown paper as my background, which worked fine for awhile...




Then the paper would be all wrinkle and that don't make for a good picture. Then it hit me, a green screen! If I get a green screen then I can interchange backgrounds, make them into anything I woud like and so forth. Only problem, I did not have a clue on how to work one. So before I invested a lot of money into a green screen, I asked a friend who use them a lot and now i'm hooked. It only cost me $1.38 for my green screen. Here is how I did it!




I used 2 green poster boards from the dollar store, taped one to the wall and one to the top of my desk. Set the items on the setup and took pictures using my IPhone, downloaded free backgrounds and used the Photoshopmix app to put it all together. I still have some practicing to do, but I've been like a kid in a candy store.



Have you done your background check?




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