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01/21/2008 12:36:43 PM · #1
I have minimal space to shoot indoors and no suitable backgrounds, or enough wall anywhere. I really need some kind of background material that I can hang over stuff to at least hide all the crap that surrounds my indoor shoots (e.g. for the Six challenge I had to hang a black jacket over a 'ELECT ARNIE' plastic campaign board and then wedge it in the topside of a PC case shell - major PITA!).

What's a good easy/cheap way to do this?

I was either going to buy a few metres of cheap velvet online (about 5 quid a metre) or buy a large blank canvas and spray paint it matt black. The velvet seems more convenient but needs to be hung somewhere, whereas the canvas is more cumbersome.

Are there any other options I should be thinking about, and are there any major issues with the ones I'm considering? What works for you?

Cheers

N
01/21/2008 12:43:16 PM · #2
for quick and fairly inexpensive background material, consider using bedsheets. They come in a wide array of colors and are easily stored when not needed. I find that full size flat sheets are large enough to cover bout anything you need to hide.
01/21/2008 01:00:56 PM · #3
I agree with the bedsheets.

The minute you start doing fabric, it's not wide enough, so you have to sew together pieces and then you have seems, etc. etc.

Black vinyl tarp works, too.
01/21/2008 04:25:42 PM · #4
Aren't bedsheets too thin? Am worried about flash lighting up stuff behind it, so was going to go for a thicker material like velvet. Was going to use black out material but it's 50% cotton and 50% polyester, and the dyes I found wouldn't do both...

N
01/22/2008 02:31:22 AM · #5
Foamcore is cheap.
01/22/2008 03:45:49 AM · #6
Might be time to Unclutter your life :-D

Throw some stuff out, buy some flat latex paint... cheap :-D

If ya need a cheap background though, go to a fabric store and buy about 6 or 7 yards of wide muslin fabric. You can dye it any color you want... or if you're feeling froggy you can paint on it.
01/22/2008 07:14:28 AM · #7
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Might be time to Unclutter your life :-D


You're not kidding:

[thumb]636787[/thumb]

That's my problem and why I have to shoot indoors stuff either macro, narrow or light painted in the dark!!!

Will check out muslin, although I think I'm going to do muslin and a spray painted hardboard/canvas of some sort (maybe foam if I can find some) just to keep myself covered.

Thanks

N
01/22/2008 08:03:58 AM · #8
Originally posted by Quasimojo:

...[thumb]636787[/thumb]


How d'ya get my room's picture man? where is the hidden camera? *starts smashing shiny things around*
01/22/2008 11:15:42 AM · #9
Originally posted by Quasimojo:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Might be time to Unclutter your life :-D


You're not kidding:

[thumb]636787[/thumb]

That's my problem and why I have to shoot indoors stuff either macro, narrow or light painted in the dark!!!

Will check out muslin, although I think I'm going to do muslin and a spray painted hardboard/canvas of some sort (maybe foam if I can find some) just to keep myself covered.

Thanks

N


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