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Sometimes There’s Just Not Enough Room For A Background Setup – Fix It In Post

Hallway Before and After Standing In Hallway
The attorney above needed a full length photo, but there wasn't enough space in the office to set up a typical 9ft. wide studio back drop with softboxes and studio strobes. So I got creative knowing that we could fix it all in post.

I used an Einstein strobe with a strip box for lighting. I have found that strip boxes work well for tight situations.

Rather than crop the before image so tight that there would not be room for the cutout, I left plenty of room for Brenda to work with. As you can see by the after image on the right, Brenda was able to successfully cutout the subject and create a nice full length photo.

If your personal editing skills are not where you want to be and you are still learning, you can always try a service like Retouch Up (not an affiliate link) that should be able to help you with some of the more challenging issues as well as basic editing. In my case, I love having my wife, Brenda, internally to do my editing as well as Lindsay when needed.

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David Williams

Owner at RTP Photo and Video, Inc.
About The Author: David Williams is a professional still photographer and videographer focusing on corporate and commercial work. His love for still photography began in 1982 while still in High School. David started making money at photography in 1982. David and his wife Brenda started working together in photography in 1988 when they met and were married in 1989. Brenda is the photo editor for the business. David and Brenda have two daughters in their 20's. Please be sure to get a quote for services if needed: our goal is to respond as promptly as possible. You may also call David direct at 919.628.2902. You may share this content using the larger social icons above this bio section. You may find David on various social platforms by clicking the smaller icons to the left of this paragraph under David's headshot. Please visit our home page as well.