Pure white backgrounds in photographs look cool. But that cool, professional look isn’t easy to do. Or is it? If you have powerful studio lights to nuke a wall or a roll or white seamless – BINGO – a beautiful white background. What if you don’t?
With a little planning white backgrounds can be accomplished with “speedlight” type flashes. A little work may be required in post production to remove traces of gray – but if you set up the shot correctly that will be a minor fix.
Below is a list of great resources on white backgrounds in your photos. Read, take notes, and then get out your camera, flashes, wireless flash triggers and shoot away.
White background guru and bearded One-Light wunderkin Zack Arias has a 2 part series on the joys of white seamless backgrounds.
Digital Photography School writer Elizabeth Halford has two posts on white backgrounds / high key and how she achieves them. Ms Halford is not using speedlights (or budget equipment) and her authority is subject to question, but they do make for interesting reading.
High Key Studio – What I Use and Why
White Seamless – Studio How-To