White Seamless Link For Photoshop World ::

September 3, 2010 | • Technique

Thanks to everyone who came to the white seamless session yesterday at Photoshop World. I thought I would give you all a quick link to the tutorial here on the blog so you don’t have to dig through the archives.

>> It starts here. <<

If you have any questions about the technique just drop them in the comments.

Cheers, Zack


  • Paul said on September 3, 2010

    Dude, I’ve followed your tutorial and practiced for literally MINUTES, but your pictures always turn out better than mine. I’m starting to think you might just be a better photographer than I am…

  • Dustin Finn said on September 3, 2010

    Thank you so much. I am not at Photoshop World, but twitter.com/Nicolesy had mentioned she was happy to see the blog tutorial done live I was trying to find it and never could…

    Thanks, You Rock!

  • Debbi said on September 3, 2010

    Thanks Zack,
    I finally got my white tileboard!
    Do you know that I have watched and re-watch my creativelive (with you) 5 times! Each time I pick up something new!
    Thanks again for doing that!

  • Debbi said on September 3, 2010

    I forgot to ask my question LOL

    On your Seamless Corporate Work, Nov 20,2008 posting against a white wall with small flashes, how far was that model from the wall? Looks like 6 feet, but hard to judge

  • John said on September 3, 2010

    Thanks Zack,

    I’ve just started re-reading the tutorial, and noticed your comments in Part 1 about the poor perform of some of you Nikon lenses. What have you noticed about your Canon gear?

    It’s an important question for me, as I am about to sell my Minolta/Sony gear and still trying to work out if it is Canon or Nikon.


    Thank you for Creative Live. Seriously, thank you. It has done so much for me. I am ‘GOYA’ much more, and making things happen.


  • Stephen Milano said on September 3, 2010

    as always –great info–just put white tileboard on my Lowes list!! and heading over to CreativeLive to buy the lessons that I had previously missed–it was blogged about this morning elsewhere and Debbi says its great too so I guess it’s meant to be…

  • Brian Morgan said on September 3, 2010

    Thanks for all of the great tips! Saw some of your video’s on the live broadcast from Seattle and they were very helpful.

  • james said on September 3, 2010

    I’m still waiting for the studio tour that you said you would post during your creativelive seminar. Is there any chance that will be coming soon?

  • Fatih K said on September 3, 2010

    You are THE man of white seamless.

  • Wing Wong said on September 4, 2010

    Awesome shot. Watching your creativelive and onelight dvd videos have really injected some new DNA into my photography. It’s like everywhere I look, I’m going… that’s a white wall… or close enough.. :)

    You’ve got a big heart to match your vision and knowledge, and it shows in your videos.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your instructional material!

  • Greg Vojtko said on September 4, 2010

    Thanks for the great presentation Zack. You really gave much of yourself to PSW attendees this week. I watched several others and yours, with the use of a tethered camera and Lightroom, played right into my areas of interest. Great job!!!

  • Carlos Bruno said on September 4, 2010

    Maaaaaan … You kown everything you doing for us will be return in triple, don’t you?
    God bless you your MOFO Goat Beard.
    I love ya dude! WE do!

  • William Beem said on September 4, 2010

    Thanks. I enjoyed your White Seamless and Stuff You Need to Know sessions. Hope you had a great time and I’m looking forward to putting your lessons into practice.

  • Rupa said on September 4, 2010

    After reading all of your tutorials last year, I started my pet photography line in white seamless and my clients love it! I strive to get better and to keep learning!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge — infused with a great sense of humor – can’t get better than that!! :)

  • Cooper Blade said on September 5, 2010


    Thanks for the sweet tutorial! Just wondering you say that it would be a different lighting set-up for a seamless without the tile board, what would that be?

  • zack said on September 5, 2010

    Cooper – You want a LARGE light source for the main light backed off 12 to 15 feet to get even coverage on the person and the floor.


  • Regina Pagles said on September 5, 2010

    Hi Zack,
    Thank you so much for the great class on the white seamless background. We have a 450 sq ft condo that we’ve been trying to rent out, but after watching your class, I’ve decided to not rent it (and cover the mortgage payment myself :( ) & turn it into a studio with your setup. You have inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and try something different.
    Thank you,

  • Charlie McDowell said on September 6, 2010

    I love this tutorial! I’ll soon be doing this! Zack, you are a true inspiration!


  • Paul Pride said on September 6, 2010

    Zack, you’ve done it again! You’ve given me another tip that I have followed (albeit quickly) and has changed the way I approach things. I am only starting out and have to shoot with a single hotshoe strobe pointed at a cheap shower curtain from behind for my white background and another in an umbrella for the main light.
    Using the dodge tool in photoshop to help even out the pure white.
    An example can be found here http://www.redbubble.com/people/rexyspride/art/5862613-1-lovely-cuppa-tea if you’re interested!


  • igor said on September 6, 2010

    Very nice zack… i like it..its a pure angel….

  • Julie said on September 6, 2010

    I enjoyed your white seamless class at PSW so much! I have already started practicing and dragged my husband to home depot for the floor! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your knowledge. This class had the WOW factor associated with Photoshop World.

  • chi said on September 8, 2010


    I’m using 1 ab800 to light the background and 1 ab1600 with reflective umbrella to light the subject. But why do my images lack contrast. The images are also on the warm side. Is the warm temperature a characteristic of the AB? Then when I adjust the temperature in LR, the background goes to a very light blue so I’m limited on how much I can adjust without having to go in an paint the hell out of every photo. Any suggestions on the contrast and temperature issue?

  • Brian Fletcher said on September 10, 2010

    Awesome, awesome stuff, Zack!! This is great!

  • Chris Bergstrom said on September 10, 2010

    Zack, this photo is really perfect!!! Congratulations and well done.


  • Tyler R. Brown said on September 11, 2010


    Thanks a million for the knowledge, as you can see it works perfectly!

    Thanks Zack!!!


  • Chris Bergstrom said on September 14, 2010

    I’ve been experimenting with white seamless now for about a year and have come up with the cheapest and longest lasting stuff to use for the job. Floors and backdrops. If you want to know what I’m talking about, please ask. I don’t want to steal this thread by any means. Zack’s wall in his studio is AWESOME, but I don’t have a space that big nor do I have the money to install something so heavy duty. I do think my idea for the floor is better than tile board though. I had tile board for a long time, but it scratches and isn’t cheap when you think about the longevity of it.

  • zack said on September 16, 2010

    @Chris – Anyway to improve what we do is always welcome. Let us know what you’ve found!


  • Chris Bergstrom said on September 16, 2010

    Alright Zack, I’m glad you feel that way. I’m used to a lot guitar forums that get pissed when you try to suggest better ways to do things.

    Ok, so here’s my find/idea, which you can purchase at Home Depot and probably Lowes. Go to the section near the carpet that has 4×6′ sheets of solid white formica type countertop material. I only needed two sheets and I think it cost me $80-$90 for both of them. The great thing about is twofold. It’s thinner than the almost masonite material/shower board stuff you and I were using Zack for the floors and it’s just as reflective if not more so than the older stuff. It wipes off clean since it’s a synthetic material and not painted on white. There is only one drawback. Make sure you have a solid floor and sweep under it before laying it down so it doesn’t crack or chip. It’s great to work with and I’ll be posting photos soon on my own blog. The thin part is great because it doesn’t give you that slight shadow line that you sometimes end up having to clone out of the photo if you don’t light the floor as much as the background.

    Thanks for allowing me to post this little tidbit of info and I hope you and other photographers find this information useful!

    Your friend, Chris

  • Chris Bergstrom said on September 16, 2010

    Oh yeah, I forgot to add that for my background I use the following. I went to JoAnne fabric’s and purchased the largest white sheet of muslin material they had, which I think was 109″ x 10 feet. I use a Savage background stand, which can raise to at least 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide, which is tall enough and wide enough for most of what I need it for. I then use Joey clamps or whatever Joe McNally uses to hold the fabric up. When you nuke the material with your strobe behind the subject you can’t see any wrinkles or anything. It’s PURE white. You can also shoot through it and create a GIANT soft box if you want to use this outdoors. I think I spend less than $30 for the all white translucent muslin backdrop. You can use gels on your lights to change the color if you want to as well, which I personally haven’t tried yet, but it’s next on my list. So, in total, with the background stand, I am able to create seamless white backdrops for under $300 total, which was awesome and the fabric can be washed, which prevents you from having to paint any walls and it’s portable. I do a lot of location photography now and it’s nice to be able to throw it all in a bag and do studio work on location, parties etc… I have some of the photos from my basement with this setup and they look great since you can’t tell it was so cheap in the final images at all!

    Thanks again and sorry for the double post, I just forgot about the last bit of useful information.


  • zack said on September 18, 2010

    @Chris – Great info! Thanks!


  • Chris Bergstrom said on September 16, 2010

    Edit, the white countertop sheets are 4×8′ and not 4×6′. I wish there was a way to edit the posts afterwards… lol :-)

  • Heather Green said on September 20, 2010

    Zack, I have literally referred people to your tutorial a hundred times…and I’ve probably read it myself a hundred times. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with everyone!

  • Chris Bergstrom said on September 22, 2010

    No problem Zack, this stuff is awesome! I’m happy to contribute. You should see my blog sometime. I basically talk to myself and share info like this with myself quite frequently. I’m an unknown photog, so I get know why. It’s hard to break through with all of the noise on the internet. :-) I’m going to do a little write-up soon about a great inexpensive alternative to lighting gels that works perfectly for speedlights and alien bees to name a few. Thanks again for all of the info you imparted to me at your workshop in June, it’s really empowered me to become a better photographer…


  • Derek Johnson said on September 27, 2010

    This is a question for Zack anyone else who may know. Do you know what features of a particular lens reduce the flare? I won’t be purchasing any new lenses anytime soon but I just need to know if what I have may work:
    all Nikon brand:
    18-200 f/3.5
    50 f/1.8
    35-70 f/2.8
    80-200 f/2.8

    Thanks for your tutorial. I haven’t perfected it yet, but I’m going to keep on trying until I get it.

  • zack said on October 2, 2010

    I can’t speak for all of those lenses Derek but I can say the 50 1.8 is horrible for this application. It flares like no other. It’s a great lens, just not for this application.


  • Phillip said on October 15, 2010

    I’m .curious as to how the paper doesn’t get wrinkled or anything. It seems flawless. I want to take pictures like these. Please advise

  • zack said on October 16, 2010

    Phillip – Follow the link and I’ll show you how it’s done.

  • Cindy said on October 29, 2010

    I have used your technique numerous times- THANK YOU!!!!

  • Stephen Anthony said on March 7, 2011

    I’ve been thinking about purchasing the vinyl background like the one colorama has here on their website: http://www.colorama-photo.com/vinyl-backgrounds.php. For business, I’m going to put a lot of people on that background and I find it troublesome to get the dirt/ markings of shoes off the paper background by simply brooming. How do you deal with this?

  • James said on June 27, 2012


    Love all your stuff on creative live and I purchesed your book. Outstanding!

    My question is: After using your techniques and showing images to my clients I was asked to set up a white seamless of 20 by 24 that reached the limits of my abilities, the next request from the same client is to expand the seamless to 30′ by 24′. My question is how would you light a 30′ wide background and get somewhat even coverage across?

  • Zack said on June 30, 2012

    @James – Same basic idea but you need more space and fly background lights on booms above the subjects or hide back ground lights behind standing subjects. My last cyc was 20′ wide and a few lights on each side covered it just fine. A 30′ would just need something hitting the center I think.


  • Robert Lynch said on January 19, 2014

    Any chance of fixing the link to the actual tutorial now that you have moved to zackarias.com? It was very useful, but now it’s been lost to the world.

  • Zack said on January 19, 2014

    I need to find it again. Blip is going down in flames I think.


  • Michael Drager said on September 10, 2014

    Any chance of getting the white seamless tutorial back up and running. bump for the post/reply above.

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