Setting up backdrops can be an important issue in your sessions, but chances there will be some bumps once your new backdrops arrived and you’ve not been familiar with them. For example, blend your backdrops with floor!
There are always concerns about how to achieve the best transition from backdrop to floor. What are good ideas to blend your backdrops with floor smoothly? What are mistakes that should be avoided? This article will show you!
What is Transition?
A good transition can add amazing visual effects to your final works. It aims to make whole backdrop flows the floor looks very very natural. It is also the key factor to achieve a better ‘blend in’ in order to make your backdrop look as realistic as possible. There can be several factors that transition looks unrealistic in you photos. Here are 5 tips for you!
Putting the border line in the right place is significant line to making your images look realistic. Take the border line you see in your daily life as reference so that you can adjust your backdrops. And that means you need to firstly hang your backdrops at a right height. Where the wall meets the floor on the backdrop should be no higher or lower than where the wall meets the floor.
Floor drops offer an opportunity to set a complete scene for your studio portraits, and it’s also a must have in perfecting trawnsitions. The right floor drop will blend in as smoothly as possible with your backdrop, while how to match depends on your requirements. Let the backdrop extend right onto a matching floor drop and they end up blending pretty well!
Tip 3: New Shooting Angels
If you just have a enough long backdrop, hang your backdrop straight down and try to find an angel that your camera can hardly detect the transition between the floor background. If the image on your backdrop is realistic with deep depth of field and forced perspective, then hang your backdrop with a certain level of sweep.
Tip 4: Props Help Transition
In many occasions props matching with the theme help transition most. Refer to your requirements and the theme of your backdrops, get enough props setting in front of the bottom of backdrops to help hide it and make the transition look smooth. Props you choose depend on your backdrops. Order and set the different backdrop-themed items or even the things printed on backdrops originally. Enough corresponding props will not only help with transitions but also enrich your final works.
Tip 5: Photo Editing
If you eventually still get no transition to your satisfaction, now you should turn to photo editing. Clone or patch tool in Photoshop works great for the transitions, you can even remove the inevitable border lines in photos. ‘You can match the floor and clone out the line separating them in Lightroom’, said Sandy Churchill, one of the members in Kate Group.
Please note：The truth is, there is no there is no hard and fast principle you need to follow when dealing with transitions. The ultimate goal is to get an excellent transition to make the background look more realistic. It firstly depends on the backdrop you get. You can do both what ever blends better I say add props to cover up noticable areas.