I'm really enjoying using my laptop as a backdrop. Not only is it faster than building a background from scratch, it pulls double duty as a light source. The light it puts out isn't overwhelming though, so you will still need lamps (or candles, or flashlights, etc).
The background is a photo I took inside the Milwaukee Museum of Art. I'm always on the lookout for interesting textures and scenes, and the Museum has both in spades. I ended up with several shots that will make great backgrounds! Once the weather gets above freezing here in Chicago, I can't wait to get out and grab as many urban shots as I can.
Setup for these laptop shots couldn't be simpler. Just bring your intended backdrop up in Fullscreen, make sure your monitor is straight, set up your lights (making sure none of them are pointed directly at the screen), then snap away. All that's left is some color tweaking in Photoshop to help tie it all together.
Drop it like it's EXIF, baby.
|Exposure:||0.333 sec (1/3)|
|Focal Length:||74 mm|
|Exposure Bias:||0/100 EV|
|Software:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|Date and Time:||2008:03:04 18:51:03|
|Timezone Offset:||-6, -6|
|Date and Time (Original):||2008:03:04 18:35:03|
|Date and Time (Digitized):||2008:03:04 18:35:03|
|Metering Mode:||Center Weighted Average|
|Focal Plane X-Resolution:||630 dpc|
|Focal Plane Y-Resolution:||630 dpc|
|Sensing Method:||One-chip colour area sensor|
|Focal Length In 35mm Film:||111|
|Image Width:||1488 pixels|
|Image Height:||2024 pixels|