I have some questions about shooting and lighting technique. I want to create the image of white blocks floating in the air. What I'm doing is that I shoot ,from a top (6feet high), white blocks which are placed on a clear box(12 inch tall) on white background paper (8x10feet). I wa nt real bright pure white for the background and also I need bright white for th e blocks. Thus, I want to create really white image. I am using 2 lights (tung sten, 1000watts each) for background and 1 light for the blocks. But, the problem is that I cannot get even white for the background since I am using 165mm for 8x10 format. (Wide angle) I don't want to change the lens and distance between camera and the blocks. Does anybody have any suggetion for the lighting, or is there any other way whic h I could get pure white background?
Also, for the film development, should I under-expose a film and over-develop it to obtain contrast because of really white image? What is the tip to produce be autiful white for a fianl print? I'm using T-max 100. Any input will be very appreciated !! Thanks in advance. Ric Yama