5 Tips to Fix White Background Problems: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey


Perfect white backgrounds can be found in a wide variety of photography from family portraits to corporate headshots and product photography. But getting a clean white background isn’t as easy as it sounds and can throw up some real challenges.
Fortunately Gavin Hoey has five top tips for getting your studio backgrounds super white and dealing with real world lighting problems.

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  1. no bullshit talking just right on the point, very elaborative no what if, what if and encouraging, I like youtuber who does it like that, I learned a lot from you, sir, keep up the good work and thank u for sharing this stuff for free.

  2. Gavin. Great great video. Read through a couple of my Amhearst photo books to set up some a nice white background but, luckily, I stumbled on your video. Straightforward and clear. Thanks tons!!! The lightroom fixes are great….just a few clicks in Camera Raw or Lightroom and it is done. I've always done it in Photoshop using layers: setting a white background then a mask. This is by far faster and more efficient. Love your personality and presentation, and the fact that at the end, you said that the mistakes done could be another photographers goal. BTW..Note to viewers: .perspex…is acrylic sheets found at local Home Depot from $24 to $90. I do animal photography so will purchase just two small sheets and back them up.

  3. great video ! When I slide the whites,.. the part of the face is also going to be too white.. can I erase this ? or do you have also an video how to fix this in photoshop?

  4. Hi Gavin, great video I too use Olympus EM5mkii and EM1mk1 but find the results very noisy and grainy even at base iso and wondered where am going wrong
    best regards

  5. Great tutorial. Thanks. What version of Lightroom are you using? I am using LR 5 and my adjustment brush doesn't include sliders for whites and blacks. Thanks.

  6. Thank you, Gavin, your videos are always brilliantly informative, and very helpful. Have you done a video on how to light portraits in a confined space? I have very limited space available, but would love to expand my skillset. Again, thank you for your hard work. 🙂

  7. Thank you for all the great tips to have really good white background. !!You are awesome and a great teache!!. can you write the name of the paper that you used to reflect the light on the floor ? thanks.

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