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Using A Cyclorama

April 30, 2010

By using a Cyclorama in Daz Studio, Poser, or really almost any 3D program, you can set up your own virtual photo studio. Here, a deep red background is used to set off out flower tatooed virtual 3D woman. The cyclorama has been used in photography for many years. Usually it’s used to give that totally seamless look to live models, and very large custom models are built in large studios to shoot objects like automobiles.

In our glamour image above, there are 14 separate light sources used. Most light the body and provide some kicker lights for the hair, and a couple are carefully positioned to give the background some subtle highlight and dimension.

Here’s a camera port view of the cyclorama setup in Daz Studio. You can buy a Cyclorama setup for Daz Studio from Daz3D, or just do your own. It’s as simple as drawing a curve, extruding it, and saving it as a 3D object. Then apply your preferred material and have fun with it.

And here is an example of a small studio cyclorama by the great Zack Arias. Maybe a little overkill for the amateur home shooter, but reading through the post will go a long way in helping you improve your own shooting setup. I have seen larger versions of the studio cyclorama, one custom built one going 25 feet or so. Better have a big basement for that one 😉

One Comment
  1. Ray permalink
    May 1, 2010 3:20 am

    That looks like one smart piece of art. You should do a poster of that.

    I’ve often done the extrusion method to build a cove just like seamless. Works well. But as you seem to stress from time to time, it’s all about the light.

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