So we were rushing drying times on this background during the workshop. I used smooth and rough texture plaster for the first time on the canvas which I’ve never tested, let alone on still damp canvas. You can buy a 2 1/2 gallon container cheap from Home Depot or Loews. It’s just regular wall plaster, it comes in three different textures.
I was afraid it would chip off so I suggested the next day we try and chip it off to really age it since I thought it would chip off anyway. It would be irritating to constantly have chips all over the studio.
WOW…we tried to chip off and it wouldn’t. I was shocked and surprised.
I suggested to Dan on Sunday that I should spray on a watered down stain to see what would happen. I use a stain all the time on my Styrofoam panels but hadn’t tried it on canvas yet. I use about 98% water 2% brown/black tint. Just about anything will do for color; tint, paint, stain ect.
The spray really makes the texture pop. I have a Styrofoam panel and a weighted ladder behind the angled canvas so the model can actually lean against it, viola a canvas is now a wall.
This is the look I’ve been working towards for this type of background and lighting. Kinda outdoor resort looking. I can shoot this easily for a comp card even in the winter. Beginner models like the security of leaning against a wall, it’s much easier than standing in the middle of nothing.
We shot Andrea on the backdrop Saturday and it read mostly white which is what I wanted for that look. I wanted to show the students you’re not married to the backdrop and that it can have many lives with just some minor tweaks.
Lighting is my Profoto Hardbox (yep, got some ragging about the Hardbox) and Elinchrom Octabox for fill.4 comments