It's an illusion: expand a background in Photoshop with this 5-click hack

how to expand a background in Photoshop
Before and after using this simple Photoshop hack. No one will ever know you didn't shoot in a real studio! (Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

If you're a portrait or fashion photographer there's nothing nicer than working in a large, well-equipped studio with plenty of space for even the most out there of poses. Being able to seamlessly change background rolls, take photos from any angle you want and use professional lighting equipment makes a shoot so much easier but all of this comes at a price. 

Studio hire is usually pretty expensive and if you're not being paid for a shoot, it might not be something you can regularly afford. You can, of course, shoot outdoors or in people's houses/restaurants/garden centers or art galleries but if you want to practice with studio lighting, well, you need a studio. Most of us aren't lucky enough to have access to a space large enough to fit a full 2.72m-wide background roll which is what you ideally want for shooting full-length body shots or group shots. However, there is a way you can get by just using a 1.35metre background roll which is much more manageable/ 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.