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Digital Backgrounds in Photography

In the last year or so, there has been a new trend in newborn and baby photography – using digital backgrounds. To the non-photographer, basically it is where photographers take a photo – typically an elaborate setup that’s difficult and/or time consuming to do – and sell that image to other photographers who can take a photograph of their client and use Photoshop to stitch the two images together. Here’s an example from the amazing Luisa Dunn:

An example of digital backgrounds in photography by the talented Luisa Dunn


I love the idea of digital backgrounds and it would absolutely be a time-saver for photographers who do more elaborate setups for their clients. My personal style is much more basic so I don’t need to spend a lot of time doing complex setups for my clients. For other photographers who do though, I can completely understand the allure of digital backgrounds. I guess for me though, I don’t feel 100% comfortable buying someone else’s work to use as my own. At the end of the day, you are using someone else’s talent to sometimes make an image that you perhaps may not have the skill or talent to create yourself, to make your own images look like theirs. While scrolling through Facebook I often see two different photographers who have used the same digital backdrop for their clients, resulting in an almost identical image except for the little baby that has been digitally placed in the background. For me personally, I prefer to create something unique in every session for my clients.

If you’re a photographer, I’d love to hear your opinion!


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Merry Christmas everyone!


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