Turn your snapshots into professional looking photos!
Photography is going the way of the digital style. Photographers are trying their hand at digital backdrops. Even moms and dads, grandparents etc are doing it!
Ever take a photo that you just wish had a different background? Uncle Stew drinking a beer behind your child is not something that you want to frame and hang on your wall, but the picture of your precious one is just WAY to good to be stuffed in a box somewhere! So fix it!
Digital Backdrops are high resolution images that replace the backgrounds of your photographs. No Studio is required, no expensive muslins to buy. You can get hundreds of Digital Backdrops for under the cost of just 1 cloth muslin!
In order to be able to use digital backdrops you will need a graphics editing program.
Your imaging program MUST be able to support layers, it MUST be able to support .tif and .psd files, and you MUST be able to “cut out” your subject from your source image. (This is called extraction)
You will be extracting (cutting out) your subject and pasting it onto a better more beautiful backdrop.
Programs that we know to work are: Adobe Photoshop (any version), Corel Paint Shop Pro, PhotoImpact, Gimp, and Microsoft Digital Image Suite – You will have to convert .psd files to .png to work with the Microsoft Digital program.)
Some photographers use what is called a greenscreen or chromakey backdrop to take the first initial shot.
Do you have to use a greenscreen or chromakey backdrop?
Absolutely NOT; Most find it easier NOT to use a greenscreen, as they find it difficult removing the “green spill” that sometimes occurs on the subject. But this is a personal preference. (White works wonders! I can even show you how.)
There is NO install process to using digital backdrops; they are only images, they never have to be installed, you can use them straight off the disc / DVD, or from the drive / folder in which you downloaded them to.
You can use them on any operating system – since they ARE only images. (Mac and Pc compatible)
So where can you find them? You can get them from your own backyard, (take a snapshot of your tree as if someone were standing there.) Or you can find a large selection on the web. Be careful though! When I first started working with digital backdrops, I purchased some without looking at the specs (details). What I got was thumbnails that were no good to print any larger than one inch! Ouch!