good tips, but if you want to have health eyes for the rest of your life please buy two more lights and burn the background at shoot time. the money you spend will be recovered after years from not going to doctors, not having big glasses and a generally good health (cervical pains go away!) Trust me, old King here, working with PC from 20 years, I cry for the new kids generation working on pc from 4 years old. Your King out.
Some good ideas but no one has said anything about achieving this in far better way using layers in photoshop.
I would suggest that one does a simple Google search for " Remove background in Photoshop" and you will firstly lots of Utube videos on the subject, elsewhere you will find tutorials and probably will find an action already created by a KIND Photoshop expert that is willing to share their knowledge with the WWW.
Layers are the answer to this problem and you will achieve a PROFESSIONAL finish everytime and once you have done it a few times it will easily fit into your workflow and help reduce the number of images rejected.
Oh, lastly layers are the NON distructive way of modifying your images.
Lastly, I would also reccomed that you go to "dpriew" the camera site and see what users their have to say about "Topaz Remask" before you start to use it.
Montylola, the above methods (Photoshop and Remask) use layers already. I would agree that using layers is essential; Photoshop allows the option to create a new layer when you are creating your mask, and Remask automatically places your cut out into a new layer. Layers alone aren't the answer - you still need to create a mask for your subject.
As to the Dpreview forum, if you are referring to the transparency issue Remask had, that has been rectified, quite some time ago.
Some very good tips in this article! But I'm surprised that Photoshop's "Refine Edge" command wasn't mentioned in the article or by anyone adding a comment. This is an amazing feature in Photoshop which started with CS3 and is really powerful now in PS CS5 forward. Here's a link to a pretty good video tutorial on the Refine Edge command...