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Add a background light.

This light creates some separation between the subject and background by making the background lighter than the main subject. Mount a diffusion screen (which can be as simple as a handkerchief or any other diffusing material) on the background light’s head to soften it as it spreads up the backdrop. Using the screen helps prevent the light from creating a hot spot.

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