There used to be a time when background scenes in a studio were painted. They still are in some studios nowadays, but there is a more convenient and realistic way to add the background scene without resorting to Photoshop.
Virtual Backgrounds works by projecting a scene through a slide projector called the Scene Machine. Making use of a beam splitter glass and specially coated, retro-reflective screen, the image is projected behind the subject. The image is flashed simultaneously with the studio strobes used to light the subject, thus creating a backdrop during the exposure.
Virtual Backgrounds comes with a library of slides that include indoor scenes, outdoor scenes from all seasons, computer generated graphics, columns, archways, holiday scenes and unique windows. Of course, you can also make your own slides, scenes specially suited to your own local area. Marketing and advertising types will love this technology.
Details can be found at their website. Also check out their 2008 VB Workshop Schedule if you are seriously interested. The workshops are scheduled throughout the year in San Marcos, Texas.
Image by Don Blair & Trevon Baker