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Backdrops for quick selfies
#1
What are your solutions for "clean" selfies? I mean, whenever I try to make a photo of myself, I can't find a place with a clean, not cluttered background. For "small area photos" I use either a yoga mat (on the floor), a piece of paper (on the window sill), or a door. But what about "full-length" photos?
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#2
Have you tried pinning a white bed sheet hanging over a doorway?
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#3
I bought a green screen for chroma keying on Aliexpress 

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Then it's easy to remove the background. For just one picture you could use Gimp or similar but I'm using Natron as it also works great for video.

Gimp

Natron

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Then I can put myself wherever I want (using Gimp again):

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Putting yourself in front of a white wall can also work, in that case make sure the wall is evenly lit (no shadows) and then key it out with a hue or luma keyer. Green works better because it's the farthest away from skin tones as possible.
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#4
That's a very good and affordable solution! 3x6m chromakey canvas can be quite useful indeed.

(30 Jun 2017, 06:03 )Anne Wrote: Green works better because it's the farthest away from skin tones as possible.
Unless you are wearing something what is far from the skin tone. And since my skin is almost always covered ... Possibly a white backdrop is better?
(30 Jun 2017, 06:03 )Anne Wrote: make sure the wall is evenly lit (no shadows)
Yes, that's another problem...
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#5
If you are planning to use a white backdrop be advised that reflections, like in latex clothing, are also white so then you will get transparent patches which require manual work to exclude them from the key.

HOWTO evenly lit your backdrop: Go to Gamma/Brico/Hubo/... and buy 4 big fluorescent tubes with a mount for each, a decent length of cable and 4 plugs. Assemble all that. Then use 2 of the tubes to light your background, put one on the far left, one on the far right around 1 meter from the backdrop and point them at the backdrop, if the lamps don't lit evenly place them farther away or put some transparent paper/fabric over them to difuse the light. Then put the remaining two lights a meter/ 1.5 meters apart in front of you. You need to stand a decent distance away from the backdrop to prevent hard shadows, 1 meter should be ok so you'll be standing between the 2 lights that light the backdrop. The two other lights that are there to light the subject (aka you) are in front of you. Set up your camera on a tripod, adjust whitebalance and start shooting.

As always: practice makes perfect

Edit: I have 4 of those:

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I have 2x4 of these as normal room lights, then 4 as additional lights mounted vertically when shooting.
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