How to get a PURE WHITE Photo Background
I often like to use a simple white background when I do headshots because I like the way the subject pops. I used to struggle to get the background to look pure white but now when I want to do a fun quick portrait I know exactly how to get a pure white photo background. I shoot the subject in front of a softbox.
There is more to getting a perfect photo with a pure white background than just shooting againt a white wall or white seamless paper. It took me a while to figure this out. I would shoot, edit and still have grey looking backgrounds. It just didn't make sense to me. Fast foward through many setups, trial and error sessions and several photography workshops later I understand more about studio lighting, inverse square law, and all sorts of other technical photo stuff.
After all that I finally get it and I realize it really isn't that difficult. Having said that, I don't have a large dedicated studio space and there can still be a bit of setup involved. Sometimes I just want to throw together a fun quick shoot without all the setup and equipment so I just shoot the subject in front of a large softbox.
I place my subject in front of either a large softbox or octobox and set it one stop above my main light (beauty dish in many cases).
It's fast and easy. I often increase the white levels in Lightroom a bit but this simple technique is a guaranteed solution to get a pure white photo background.