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How can I organize a photo shoot for myself on a small budget?

Asked by BoyWonder (806 points ) October 11th, 2011

I’m a hip hop recording artist in need of some high-res pictures of myself over a white background. I’m broke as hell so my question is: What elements do I need to do a photo shoot of myself? Ultimately, what I need are some photos of myself with the white background so I can photoshop the background out and superimpose myself over another background. I’m curious as to what kind of lighting I should go for, or if I even need it. I’m basically trying to cut corners here. My photographer is willing to shoot me for free in hopes of building a strong portfolio for himself. I just need to know how to make the finished product as professional-looking as possible. Help please!!

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MissAnthrope's avatar

It shouldn’t be too hard, just get creative. White background, could be something as simple as a sheet or if you’re willing to spend (or get lucky in finding a free/cheap one), something stiffer and more opaque like a canvas drop cloth. Lots of great, relatively free places to shoot photos that would result in interesting backgrounds and different moods. Any places of historical interest, for example, or a park?

As for lighting, you can go quite cheap and use fluorescents, compacts, even, in clip-on lights. Just have your photog adjust the white balance accordingly.

Nimis's avatar

I’d actually go with a different colour for the background if you’re just going to crop it out later. It’ll be easier to get a clean selected area with the Magic Wand in Photoshop.

Lighting would depend on what you’re superimposing yourself into.

Just a thought, but are you really good at Photoshop? If not, it can look pretty cheesy. What about doing a simple shot against the backdrop of some cool graffiti?

silverfly's avatar

Both of these answers are pretty good. I do think you will need lighting one way or another because (I’m assuming) you’ll want a more dramatic effect rather than relying on the sun.

You can get a simple compact flash and bounce it off mirrors, reflective material, etc. to get some nice results without buying two flashes. If you take a photo on a white background, don’t wear white. If you take a photo on a black background, don’t wear black. You’ll spend more money buying more hair after you rip yours out.

Good luck!

AlbertKinng's avatar

Listen, go to walmart, instead of bring your babies tell them you want pictures of yourself, get the digital package with raw pics on it and start using your Photoshop or look for a friend that work you out. Bunch of models did that and it is very impressive

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