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Old 11-30-2010   #1
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I recently split the cost with another photographer on a digital background program made by the company Savage. I tried it out and here's my two cents.

1) The disc isn't really a program. All it is, is several backgrounds (depending on which kind of background disc you buy) and a few video tutorials on how to use it using Photoshop.

2) The Tutorials are somewhat vague and very basic. There are a few good tips on some techniques (if you don't already know them). But they only really tell you a few things and should show you a lot more to get a digital background to look remotely real.

3) The Backgrounds themselves are not really that great. I got the Old World Muslin Series. All the backgrounds are 8X10 Inches at 300PPI, but here is where there is a big problem. Most of muslin backgrounds look like they were shot very close up. So close up, it looks like they only shot part of the background. You can actually see the fibers of the muslin. It's like they shot part of it from 4 feet away.


Grant it, I'm not a expert at using digital backgrounds, however I have shot backgrounds and used them digitally and the backgrounds I shot looked better than these. My opinion is, don't waste you money. Instead, make the same program with better backgrounds and maybe you can make some cash off it.


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Thanks for the heads up. I have been playing around a bit with digital backgrounds and looking for some that are quality. Still trying to figure out how to insert without getting the halo though. Good to have your insight on this product. Thanks.
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Thanks for the heads up. I have been playing around a bit with digital backgrounds and looking for some that are quality. Still trying to figure out how to insert without getting the halo though. Good to have your insight on this product. Thanks.

I solve that the long and hard way. Clone and blur tool, sometimes burn. I don't have a green screen, but if I find a bed sheet on sale with the correct color I may get it.


I think you would be better off hunting Craigslist for deals on used muslin backgrounds and build up a modest collection and simply shoot it the old fashioned way.


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You can create your own in Photoshop (or Corel Painter). Especially Old Masters type. Easy to do. Just paint some soft blobs with a vignette and do a gaussian blur to taste. Don't waste money on Old Masters digital backgrounds. It only takes a little experimentation, but to spend money on that kind of background for digital replacement is not for me. I can recreate pretty much any Old Masters background in Photoshop with a very little bit of effort. Try it! You may just surprise yourself.

But if you don't feel it's your cup of tea, pay for them at whatever dealer you can find.
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12step, you mentioned not having a green background (chromakey). Do you have a white background? I've seen a couple of threads hereabouts where Benji and others talk about using a white screen for background replacement without the potential for color cast problems from the chromakey. I haven't gotten to trying it out, but if you are in a position to do that I would recommend searching the forums.
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Thanks 12!
I was just doing some looking for a digital background for a wedding dress shoot I did this past Saturday. I was thinking of trying it out but it sounds like I would be better off just trying some variations on my own.
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I can recreate pretty much any Old Masters background in Photoshop with a very little bit of effort. Try it! You may just surprise yourself.

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If you feel up to it, create a Lord Nelson Backdrop for me, please. I can't find them in stores any more.
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I don't have a green screen, but if I find a bed sheet on sale with the correct color I may get it.

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Green screen backgrounds are available for much less than a bedsheet now.
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OK!

Having never seen a Lord Nelson background I had to Google it and find something to go by. I may not have hit it squarely on the head, but here's my shot at it.

This is obviously a small version for posting.

How'd I do for a twenty minute attempt?


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