How to use digital backdrops

The idea of using digital backgrounds sounds simple and straightforward, and in reality, this is usually the case.

Using Green Screens

To create the best looking photo, you will need to photograph your subject in front of a green screen. The green screen makes it easier to isolate the subject and remove the original background. You can purchase muslin backgrounds for green screen purposes that really make the process simple and easy. Some people also choose to use white screens, but this may make it difficult to isolate the subject if they are wearing white or a light color. Before your photo session, you may want to consider the backdrop that you will be using. Study the lighting and try to recreate it in your studio. Remember, you will be removing your subject(s) from the photo and adding a new background. If the lighting does not match, the subject will not blend into the photo naturally. Understanding lighting in order to create a natural-looking photo is a major plus.

Editing the Photo

Shooting in front a green screen is the easy part. Isolating and blending the subject into the new background is the hard part. A photo editing program like Photoshop can simplify the process. Using the selection and masking tools, you can remove the original background of the photo with relative ease if a green screen was used.

Isolating tiny wisps of hair and other fine details will prove to be the most challenging part of the process. However, the green screen will help you catch as much of those details as possible without compromising the quality of the photo.

How to Find Digital Backdrops

Digital backgrounds can be purchased online (for eg. on elitebackdrops.com), or you can create them yourself. You can also find free backgrounds online, but the quality is usually not that great. The backdrops that you purchase on our site will be high resolution and generally include more interesting, staged backgrounds. However, you can use just about any high resolution photo as a backdrop.

With the right lighting and backdrop, you can blend your subjects into your photos in a completely natural way. While it may take some practice to achieve the results you are looking for, learning how to incorporate these backdrops into your photos will expand your options and allow you to be more creative with your photos.