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Step-to-Step Setups to Change the Color of Grey Background

Do you want to change the color of your grey background? It can be a difficult task, but it can be done in no time with the right setup. In this blog post, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of changing the color of your grey background. Whether you're a beginner or a pro photographer, these tips will help you get your desired results.

Why Grey Background Is the Best Color for You

If you're looking for a grey background, you should keep a few things in mind. Here are eight reasons why the grey background is the best color for your headshots

First, grey is neutral, meaning it will not reflect any color from your subject. This is important when trying to capture the true colors of your subject matter.

In addition, grey backgrounds are incredibly versatile and can be used in various ways to complement the subject matter.

Grey backgrounds help create a sense of depth and dimension in your photos. This can be especially helpful when you are photographing small objects or subjects close together.

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Kate Abstract Painted Dark Grey with Little Green Backdrop for photography

Grey backgrounds tend to be less distracting than other colors, allowing your viewer to focus more on your subject matter. For these reasons, grey is often the preferred color for photography backgrounds.

Grey background is less likely to reflect light than a white or black background, making it ideal for photography in low-light situations.

A grey background won't clash with the colors in your outfit, and it will also help make you stand out. If you're wearing a brightly-colored shirt, a grey background will help make the shirt pop. Conversely, if you're wearing a more subdued outfit, a grey background will help create a stylish and professional look.

Grey is a great color for headshots because it's flattering to most skin tones. If you're not sure what color background will look best with your skin tone, grey is always a safe bet.

4 Setups to Change the Headshot Background

You can use a seamless paper roll or even a vinyl roll as your background but remember the vinyl is expensive and a bit heavier. If you have no access to the rolls, you can use a fabric or a wall but ensure your wall is painted with a matte finish to avoid glare from your light. If you're looking to change up your grey background, here are four setups you can use to add some variety to your headshots.

Setup 1: One Light for Grey Background

Studio Setups to Change the Color of Grey Background

Image Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgtssUAjygA

For the setup you will need a subject, one strode medium sized softbox and a grey background.

  • Place the subject five feet from the grey background.

If you take a picture of your subject the background will still be grey

If you move the subject and light closer to the background and get a shot your image will have a grey background.

Setup 2: One Light for Black Background

Studio Setups to Change the Color of Grey Background

Image Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgtssUAjygA

For the setup you will need a subject, one strode medium sized softbox and a grey background.

  • Place the subject five feet from the grey background.

If you move the subject and light further away from the background you will get a dark back background.

Setup 3: Two light for white background

Studio Setups to Change the Color of Grey Background

Image Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgtssUAjygA

For your setup you will need a subject, one strode medium sized softbox, a background light and a grey background

In this set up place the subject five feet from the background. You can create a gradient that starts later at the bottom of the frame and gets darker towards the top adjusting how high or low the flash is aimed, also to change the appearance of the gradient of your studio.

You can use mono lights or the speed lights in the same lighting setup. If you turn the power way up on the background light you can use the light set up and blow your background to have a white background on your pictures.

Setup 4: Two Light With Color Gels for Color Background

Studio Setups to Change the Color of Grey Background

For your setup, you will need one subject; two strode medium-sized softboxes, colored gel, and grey background.

Set up one strobe on each side of the background and place your subject a few feet away from the background. Premount custom-sized gels in frames and slide into a filter holder. Take the shots, and your images will have colored backgrounds, example blue backgrounds.

If you can't find custom-sized gels, you can purchase a 12-inch by 12-inch sheet and put velcro dots on your strodes to hold the gels. You can also use a red solo cup on top of your Speedlight to create a red color background or even use the cup on top of some of your mono lights.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to change the grey background in your headshot, try out different colors and see what works best for you. With a little practice, you'll be able to get the perfect headshot every time. 

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