A list of popular Background and Backdrop vendors for photography.
For raw muslins, some dyed ones and some canvas, check out http://chicagocanvas.com.
For painted canvas check out Silverlake.
Silverlake also has a forum where you can talk to the owner (Travis) and other people that are using the backgrounds, plus talk about photography in general.
Finally, don’t forget to check out Steve Kaeser for both types and even Backdrop support systems. They have one system that includes Black and White Muslin along with the support stand.
Not all books on lighting or photography are created equal. Here are resources, websites and tips on posing models for photography.
Books for Posing Models
There is one author that I’ve found that comes pretty close to covering it all in one book though. The author is J.J. Allen and I can’t recommend his two books enough. The first one is probably a tad better than the second one, but they are both excellent. J.J. writes in a style that is very informative but doesn’t lose you in techno-speak, nor talk to simple for those with some knowelege already. He gives good descriptions and examples that are on the same page so you don’t have to keep flipping back and forth to view a diagram or example while reading about it. He’s one of those rare authors that knows what he’s talking about and how to say it.
His books are:
On the second one, there is another book out there of the same name, so if you get it, make sure it’s by J.J. Allen.
Some other books that I have bought, liked and used are:
And though a bit more technical, still one that is worth having on the shelf…
Websites for Posing Models
http://www.photocrack.com/pages/download/ModelPose15.html (zip download)
Wedding Pose Checklist
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This site helps beginner photographers & artists understand composition via the Golden Mean, Golden Ratio, Golden Spiral, Golden Proportion, Golden Triangle and other popular rules of photography and art.
Question: “Normally I take all my photos and have them mounted. I have lots of the mylar protective sheets, and the paper backing is all acid free. They say it doesn’t lift ink, but I’ve found that it indeed does adhere to the photo and “bubble” up, causing serious marring on the photograph. Am I doing something wrong there maybe?Is there a way to prevent the sticking and bubbling with the Mylar?
Answer: I went to a crafts store and got a gloss matte fixative. I bought the Prismacolor brand, but there are also Grumbacher and Kryon brands as well as others I’m sure. I put one coat of the fixative on the photograph, let dry, and then it really does keep fingerprints and dust off of the print. I put in behind the protective mylar sheet, and NO STICKING OR BUBBLING!!!! The matte fixative completely protects the photo even better than I thought it would, and it does no harm to it either.It’s not the best in the world to use by itself, but in combination behind mylar sheets or flat on a mat board (as you suggest above), or anywhere else is a good idea just to protect the photograph. I also use other protectors, but I will switch to this one now as it also suits another purpose.”
Using Canon 300d Histogram to Check Exposure “In Camera”
A wonderful article posted by Kris Butler at ACDSystems
provides insight into your camera’s Histogram and proper usage of it.
…by using your camera’s histogram feature you can take a big step towards your own masterpiece series. That’s because with your camera’s histogram, you can check exposure immediately after taking your photo and then reshoot if you interpret there may be a problem.
Here is a couple of general purpose introductions to reading and using histograms. “Using Histograms” and “Understanding Histograms”
A histogram cheat sheet. “Cheat Sheet: Histogram Cracker”
A DPChallenge thread discussing specific types of histograms and some of their uses. “histogram enlightenment”
And, an article that puts the histogram to use for a specific purpose; maximizing the s/n ratio. “Expose (to the) Right“
In this tutorial, John Virata explores how to set up a batch session Droplet to convert several hundred .CRW images to JPEG using Photoshop CS. It helps speed up the processing of hundreds of RAW images.