Lighting a Muslin Backdrop

A muslin backdrop is a useful piece of equipment to add to your studio. This makes it possible to create a light colored backdrop with ease. If you are using muslin backdrops, then you need to learn how to light them properly. Muslin is a useful material for anyone in photography because it is a light colored material. The beauty of this is that it's highly portable, which makes carrying it around very easy.

Lighting is very important when making movies. Learning how to light a muslin backdrop correctly will make it much easier to film professional looking videos. The lighting needs to be strong enough, but also subtle so that it doesn't burn out your subjects. It generally takes some experimentation to get the lighting just right.

Step 1: Setting up the Backdrop

The first thing that you should do is set up the muslin backdrop so that it is behind where your subject will stand. This does not need to be against a wall. There are a number of backdrop stands that you can use to support the backdrop anywhere you need it.

Step 2: Considering the Color

When most people say they are using muslin backdrops, they mean that they are using the natural colored muslin drops. However, you can also find this in a range of different colors. The lighter the backdrop is, the less light you will need to provide; this is because it is much more reflective. If you are using darker colored backdrops, however, you will need to use more powerful lighting to overcome it.

Step 3: Positioning Your Subject

The subject should stand a short distance away from the background. This will help to minimize any problems with shadows. You might need to ask your subject to move around a bit until the photo is perfect.

Step 4: Natural Light

If you are taking a photo outside or in a studio with plenty of natural light, then you might not need to worry about lighting that much. Natural light normally takes the best photos. A reflector can be used if required to collect more of the light and bounce it back onto your subject to give them a subtle soft glow. You can either use professional reflectors or alternatively use a car window shade with the reflective side facing outwards. When you use a reflector, it will make your subject stand out from the background.

Step 5: Light

If you do need to use artificial lighting, then you will need to learn how to aim and use it. Two lights will be sufficient for most photos, however, you can add more if preferred. The photos should be aimed at the same height of the head of the subject. If you are using professional studio lights, then the doors on the front can be used to direct the light.

Step 6: Testing

One of the best things about digital video cameras is that you are able to review the lighting on the screen before you take a photo. You are also able to take a photo and instantly look at it on the screen too.

Getting the lighting right will make your videos look much more professional.