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Photo Backdrop Secrets - DIY! (On Target Photo Training Book 12) by [Eitreim, Dan]
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Book 12 of 21 in On Target Photo Training (21 Book Series)
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  • File Size: 4114 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
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  • Publisher: On Target Publishing; 2 edition (April 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SBRLHE
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I was about 60% into the book before I saw the part the title lead me to expect! There was a lot of general review and Dan does not draw a distinction between background and backdrop, which may be appropriate for the beginner who does not have a backdrop stand. The title lead me to expect some discussion about backdrop stands, choice of fabric, possibly choice of paint for fabric, green screen, seamless papers,... It does address replacing backgrounds using digital imaging techniques at a high level. He mentions Photoshop (which is expensive), and Gimp (which is free but has a steep learning curve), but does not mention Photoshop Elements (which is more reasonably priced and very suitable for a beginner).

A couple of things I don't recall seeing mentioned are lighting a plain white or coloured backdrop from the back and the effect of strong light on gels. I find colour from gels washes out if the light behind the gel is too bright or the other lights are too bright, so when using gels, I turn the light's power down considerably compared to what I would use when not using gels and frequently switch to softboxes instead of umbrellas to keep more of the key and fill lights off the backdrop.

The book is a good starting point for those who want to get deeper into their photography but may be disappointing for photographers who have reached or passed the intermediate level.
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This is a review for Photo Backdrop Secrets - DIY! (On Target Photo Training Book 12)

The first thing I noticed about this book that while there is a table of contents, you can't click on anything to get to that particular page. I find that a bit annoying.

The first section of this book is about lighting. The author explains why and when you need lighting and gives some examples.

The author has two main categories of backgrounds and explains both quite well. The first is a found background, something that you have in nature vs a created background. A created background can be an expensive piece of equipment that an photographer has purchased or something that you make.

At the end of the book there are some suggested photo exercises.

Overall an interesting book. I am not sure if it covers enough for a beginner but anyone should be able to learn something from it. One major take away for me was the importance of light in any photo.
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I was not as impressed with this book as I have been with others by Dan. But with that being said I did find interesting and enlightening the sections on graduated and color filters, using colored gels to get colored backgrounds, I also enjoyed reading about taking photographs for the sole purpose of using them as a digital background. It may not be as good as some of Dan's other books, but there are still many good things to learn.
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You can bet on anything by this author being good! This book covers all kinds of backdrops, from lighting and effects to filters to making your own backdrops for way less than buying them. Loads of great ideas here!
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Authors too often use the word “secrets” when they mean techniques or principles. No professional photographer is going to share his real “secrets” – likely there are none. But the techniques covered are worth learning. The only secret, I believe, is in YOUR CREATIVITY and in your VISION. But to use those to the best of your ability, you need to learn how to best use the best techniques.

** How do you use pure white or black background effectively
** Make backdrops that cost a few dollars each
** Keeping a notebook
** Creative uses for gel material
** Using a neutral density filter
** How to use the digital photo backdrop creatively
** The technique of “separation light” for portraits
** And quite a bit MORE.

For many of us this is a great basic book. For advanced photographers, it may not be advanced enough. That’s how books on developing skills and abilities are – no one book (especially a short one) can please everyone. But for those who are “amateurs,” this book can serve you well. And even for more advanced photogs, it’s worth at least a quick read, for you might pick up a “secret” or two from this highly skilled photog and writer.
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The book is more about "Backgrounds" than about "Back drops" although the latter is covered in some detail. It will not provide a complete supply list or assembly instruction of what one needs to build a studio back drop. It will however discuss many of the "secrets" that go into making what is behind your subject more interesting and appealing, or at the very least less distracting. The book is a gem for reminding photographers that just because one has an arsenal of lighting equipment, using all of it often complicates and detracts from the image.
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By jmdel on February 18, 2014
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This was a bit technical for the layman, I thought. I was hoping for some simple ideas to get better shots with my digital camera. I'm taking a lot of pictures of children who don't sit still for long. This really didn't do a thing for that. Sorry.
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One of the best things you can do for your photos is control the backdrop in your shots. Along with the teachings that Dan teaches in his books is how and why. He has been there and done that so you don't have too. Make your shots count if you are truly looking for great photography.
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