PHOTOGRAPHY: Standard Backdrops

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin about 5 years ago.

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Since the days of Dr. George Kennedy who photographed all his scientific shots against a black background, that color has been increasingly the preferred one for non-scientific illustration by magazine editors and advertisers although orchids rarely grow completely surrounded by black; a dark flower, of course, requires a non-black background and for this a medium green seems to be preferred. OA82-11
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