When your customers or other photographers ask you about virtual backgrounds, you can offer them a cute stock answer.
Just tell them its magic!
And it really is like magic. There is no other way to get the results you can quickly and efficiently get with virtual backgrounds.
The magic of Virtual Backgrounds can make you totally different!
WHAT IS INSTANT COMPOSITING?
Compositing is a Hollywood word for the merger of two or more images into one. In the case of projected virtual backgrounds, the system instantly composites the background and the subject.
The photographer can look in to the camera and see the composited image so they know exactly what to expect when they press the shutter.
Instant compositing in projected backgrounds is a huge advantage over typical green screen where the photographer has to spend quite a bit of time filling in backgrounds. There is no better way to have instant compositing for your clients than with projected virtual backgrounds.
VIRTUAL BACKGROUNDS VS
Many photographers avoid a virtual background system because it is expensive and instead either do cut outs and paste ins or they do green screen. But these people do not value their time. Cutting out and pasting in and green screen are terribly time consuming. And there are other issues.
Let’s say you take 30 images of a subject. With green screen, you have to paste in every background. Assume you are really fast and it takes you about 4 minutes to do a background. But 4 x 30 equals 120 minutes…two hours of your time.
With virtual backgrounds, the compositing is instant. You can show your subject the results instantly and deliver prints minutes later. How sweet is that? Yes, a basic green screen system is very cheap…but so are most of the results. And it takes time.
Virtual projected backgrounds is the best and most efficient way to enhance your photography and your sales.
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HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU LEAVING ON THE TABLE?
Many photographers complain that they are not making enough to sustain themselves let alone a family. But the reality is, many photographers leave a ton of money on the table. How? Let’s take a class reunion. A photographer who does class reunion pictures comes in early, photographs the group, rushes out and prints the group picture, and collects the money and leaves happy happy. But they should be crying because they left a lot of money on the table!
People can spend thousands of dollars coming to their reunion and what does the photographer get…the sale of one 8 x 10 print. But what if the photographer set up a portable studio after doing the group shot, and during and after the dinner they actively photographed attendees…especially if they did some shots with a moment of their school days in the background?
The possibilities for profit are unreal…especially with the ability to make prints on site.
This is just one of an infinite number of examples how photographers often leave money…a lot of money on the table.
NEED HELP WITH VIRTUAL BACKGROUNDS
NEW VIRTUAL BACKGROUND PROJECTOR HAS TWICE AS MUCH RESOLUTION
At VB, we are continually searching for ways to improve our projected background equipment so when Epson introduced a new compatible projector, we immediately began to run tests on it. It works great. The new projector has twice the resolution of our original digital projector. With the original Epson projector, one could under certain circumstances start to see the individual pixels that made up the background. Now with twice the resolution it is difficult to see the pixels. As soon as we knew the new Epson would work, we set out building a special adapter for easy mounting on most VB projectors including many of the slide based systems we have made in the past.
Digital makes background projection so much easier. You can capture backgrounds with your cell phone camera and instantly project them as a background for your subject. The photographer can project both a still image and also a live moving digital image for the production of videos. The market for videos is exploding and more and more photographers now offer digital video services.
For more information in this improvement, contact your representive at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 524-7085.
WARREN GORDON MPA
For 40 years, Warren Gordon MPA has been a professional photographer on Cape Breton Island just off the coast from mainland Nova Scotia, Canada. Cape Breton has been recognized by major travel magazines as the most beautiful island in the world. Warren engages in just about every specialty from portraits to industrial, aerial, and commercial. He has photographed 200,000 high school and university grads and over 2000 weddings. One of his specialties is producing scenic calendars and books. He has sold over 200,000 of the 15 hard cover books that he has self published featuring “his” island.
Always wanting to be clearly different and more creative, the Scene Machine virtual background system has been a key component of his studio for many years. Two years ago he very successfully converted to the digital version. “I set my Scene Machine up and I got great salable results right from the very beginning. Switching to digital was easy.” While so many other studios have closed, Warren continues to be highly successful. “Many of my friends who operated very successful studios are now out of business and working at places like Home Depot. And many of the newcomers aren’t doing very well because they go to Staples, buy a camera and then pick up some business cards and call themselves a professional photographer. That is seldom the path to continuing success.
“Digital backgrounds have worked out very well for us…I made all of our background images equal in exposure and contrast. I can do hundreds of different backgrounds and very seldom have to manipulate the exposure on the background unless I want to."
Warren credits his success to his ability to pre-visualize what he wants to create and then the use his tools [especially lighting], his Scene Machine background system, and posing to create the final product. “It is so important to have an understanding of perspective, proportional size of the background elements to the subject, direction of light, softness and brightness of the background, and the use of props to bring it all together. Some photographers who try the virtual background system just expect to plug and play and that isn’t the way it works…without a well developed visual sense coupled with technical photographic knowledge it is likely that the results will look unrealistic. You have to know what the final product is going to look like in order to manipulate the elements to make it realistic. Sometimes even I can’t tell if an image were captured on location or in my studio with the virtual background system."
Warren’s wife, Katheryn, is also an accomplished professional photographer and was recently named the Canadian Portrait Photographer of the Year. However Katheryn’s primary interests are the performance of classical piano and painting/digital fine art.
Cape Breton Island received international attention recently through CNN and other news stations and was even mentioned by Obama as the perfect place for US ”refugees" who are tired of the US political situation to go to.
SAMPLES OF WARREN GORDONS PHOTOGRAPHY USING VIRTUAL PROJECTED BACKGROUNDS.
Warren Gordon's Scenic Slide Show