Great Background Textures

Model Photography Workshops by Mary DuPrie

Another image from last weekends workshop.   Houston Wedding Photographer Michael Carr wanted to make a Texas style textured background.  Chelsey said she felt like something kinda fall like.   We went back to my clothing racks and found the sweater first, the hat, then the skirt.  I’ve never shot with any of the pieces so that was nice.  It’s nice to use the backgrounds we paint at the workshop because it will be my only chance to use them.  Michael’s turned out great!  After the workshops I mail them out, never to be seen again.  I definitely wanted to keep this one.

The background on the right during phase one.  Based coated gold, then smooth and rough textured plaster applied and waiting to dry up a bit to “knock it back”.

During the mid phase of applying the plasters, waiting again to knock it back.  I start with white texture for the first layer, tint the second layer with a little base coat color and then tinted a third layer a bit darker.

Michael admiring his handiwork, trying to figure out how to do the last wash stage which is just water with a wee bit of dark brown tint.  (I make it look so simple!)

The set up for the shot.  Large soft box right, very feathered, flagged to keep the light off the background right but the spill is lighting the left.   Fill light left.  This would be a fast easy set up for testing perhaps.  I like a heavier ratio for this set up, otherwise it tends to be a bit bland.

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