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Photographing products on white background is something that never gets old, with all the e-commerce and catalogs and magazines, clients wants photos that are easy to use everywhere.

But with a white background the products might look flat and boring, often due to the background light that easily can wash away all contrast. Just using two pieces of black paper/cardboard/foamboard can solve that problem.

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We recently hired some carpenters and painters to help us build a small cyclorama in our photo studio. I took a few photos of the project so I could show you how it was done, and how it turned out.

First, English is not my first language even if I might be able to fool some with photography terms, but when it comes to all the words needed to explain how this cyc was built, I feel that I really don’t have the right vocabulary. If there is anything I miss or use the wrong terms for, please let me know.

Photos from the cyclorama building process…


Most companies I work for when shooting portraits of their employees tend to like white background. Maybe because it is easy to use if they all have the same white background all the time.

When I set up a small studio on location at their office, there is often a white wall I can use as background, or a white door, or a projection screen. Bringing a large roll of background paper is something I try to avoid if I can.

But, sometimes you have to use a yellow room.

A simple solution to a small problem…

Bare bulb photo studio portrait (Profoto 250 Air)

This is the result of a portrait studio session I had a couple of weeks ago with a duo writing and illustrating a book about aliens and UFOs. My main goal was to produce some images with a lot of crazy colours and for that I tried a four light setup (test image here). More on those photos later.

I have found that most clients (in this case a publishing house) likes to get portraits in a couple of different styles if possible, so they can use one type on their web site, another on the blog or Facebook etc.

And why not? To create this simple group portrait, I just had to turn off all the lights except one which I removed the reflector from, and switch from a black background to a white.

Lighting setup and comparison to a Magnum reflector…

Business Portrait using three lights. With studio lighting setup diagram. Profoto D1 & beautydish

This is a portrait style I think works very well for corporate and business portraits of all types. On location or in the studio, with a clean background or with something out of focus.

It works especially well if you need to have a lot of portraits in a layout, for example showing the board of directors or management, as every face has the same type of shadows on one side.

What you need is three lights, a diffusion panel and a camera.

Lighting setup diagram and more details here…