Backlighting your Props

To complement your avatar you should get props that reflect your avatar theme. Mine, if you remember, or can see, is a winter-themed Thomas Kinkaide painting. Therefore, I have selected winter-themed props: a wooden horse, a stuffed reindeer, a snow scraper and a Christmas-themed plate from the 1930s.

To light it, you need to preferably photograph it in the studio. You will need a long paper hanging from the wall called a sweep. Be sure you find a color you like. I chose green to go with the Christmas theme. Then you pull the paper down until it covers your table. You connect the paper to the table using metal clamps. Then arrange your display.

Once your lighting is set-pics and types of light to follow-up can take your photos.

Three-Point Lighting, which you will see in the right below (green).


In the above left, you can see I used a gel called “Roscolene– Rosco’s acetate-based gel product, which hasn’t been made for a while. Roscolux is the polyester version of it, it will burn too, if you get it hot enough, but it holds up better“(Dr. Coughlin, Professor, GRIT 699-CHC) to cover the light and change the shadows also. I like the Roscolene pic, which gives off a purple hue, especially on the plate, which more accurately reflects the plate color. It is a toss up between with Roscolene and without as to which one more accurately reflects the other 3 ornaments. I do believe, though, that 3-point lighting really flushes out their colors.

I will show you the gel but it is also burned. By me. Sorry, Dr. Coughlin.


Another type of cross key lighting can be with LED lights. You do your display against a colored curtain of your choice and put the LED light between the curtain and your display. This serves as backlighting. You set up an LED in front of your display and betwixt the two lights you have upstage cross key lighting, which i will show you from a classmate.