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by Ed Shapiro
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Has anyone attempted a DIY painted backdrop?
Replies: 18
Views: 1736

Re: Has anyone attempted a DIY painted backdrop?

Just to follow up on my last post- Here's a shot of one of the wall-size backgrounds I use frequently. As you can see it is very sharp and contrasty and consists of mostly blue and green colors, however, when out of focus and subtlety lighted it is much softer and indistinct- just enough to add the ...
by Ed Shapiro
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Has anyone attempted a DIY painted backdrop?
Replies: 18
Views: 1736

Re: Has anyone attempted a DIY painted backdrop?

I do it all the time! It's fun! Thing is, I can buy smaller portable ones that suit my purposes bit when I do my own, I can create a background on an entire wall- large enough for a group, full-length portraits, and certain commercial shots. I can even paint the floor if required. Heres the method: ...
by Ed Shapiro
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Has anyone attempted a DIY painted backdrop?
Replies: 18
Views: 1736

Re: Has anyone attempted a DIY painted backdrop?

Hey Gang! I'M A BIT LATE TO THE PARTY BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD STOP BY. Interesting question. I was taught to paint multi colored backgrounds by Loraine Charis, a grand master of the art who, sadly, is no longer with us. Use FLAT LATEX paint without UV brighteners. Theses brighteners add a kida iridesc...
by Ed Shapiro
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 2506

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

Sometimes I feel that pining for the good old days of the analog/wet/chemical/silver/conventional (or what ever you wanna call it) darkroom a bit of false nostalgia. According to statistics and current data, I have inhaled and came in to direct contact with with enough toxic chemicals and fumes, for...
by Ed Shapiro
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 2506

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

Chuck and Matt! Thanks for your kind comments! Chuck- I guess I still write with New York accent- specifically the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn. My grandmother taught me to clean house, mop floors and make the toilets glisten! She told me that some day I would thank her f...
by Ed Shapiro
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 2506

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

I always wanted to be a visual “artist” ever since I was a kid. Problem was, although I had a burning desire to express myself visually, I could not draw or paint! I never had the talent or necessary hand/eye coordination- well I learned to play the accordion and wasn't too bad a baseball but I coul...
by Ed Shapiro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Starting Off in the Wedding Business- Equipment and Ethical issues.
Replies: 12
Views: 2055

Re: Starting Off in the Wedding Business- Equipment and Ethical issues.

Thanks!!! Minniev and Ernst! Thank you for you warm welcome back! I am still working at my studio here in Ottawa, Canada. Just prior to the holiday season I am quite busy but I will try to post as much as I can. On weekends, I am still shooting my own weddings but pretty soon,I will turn that work o...
by Ed Shapiro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Starting Off in the Wedding Business- Equipment and Ethical issues.
Replies: 12
Views: 2055

Re: Starting Off in the Wedding Business- Equipment and Ethical issues.

Hi Gang! I've been away from this forum for a while- just getting a rest form social media and forums for a spell- sometimes a rest is needed to gain a bit of perspective. Some of the goings on in online forums is just too combative for me, however, this is one of the few photographic sites that ten...
by Ed Shapiro
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: Bridal Portrait
Replies: 3
Views: 1370

Re: Bridal Portrait

Lack of participation! Hi, Ernst! Lovely image as usual! I can certainly see Monti's influence in your work and of course, your own interpretative style in the image you have posted. It is said that people who live in glass houses should not cast stones so I must admit that I am partially responsib...
by Ed Shapiro
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: People Showcase
Topic: Portrait Practice
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: Portrait Practice

As a long time wedding and portrait photographer, I have learned the fine art of IMPROVISATION! Working in a spacious studio, an opulent home, large church or hall or a beautifully landscaped garden is no great challenge but making do with less that ideal locations require a bit savvier approach and...