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11/07/2009 01:39:12 AM · #1
I've got a 5' wide piece of black velvet which I use as a backdrop.
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I'm using it on a homemade stand that I built out of PVC pipe. The combo has worked great up to this point but I sometimes have problems shooting group portraits. I am going to buy a 10' wide stand and am thinking about sewing 2 pieces together. Since the velvet really eats the light, I don't think the seam down the middle would be a problem? Or would it?

Anyone have any experience with this?
11/07/2009 04:26:12 AM · #2
Whilst I don't have first hand experience with this as such, I AM also into sewing and feel qualified to give you an educated guess here.
I'd say go for it! You are right, the velvet with its light-swallowing qualities shouldn't show a seam up very much at all.

To hide it even more, I would do this:

Sew the two pieces together.
Finger press the seam allowance apart, but don't iron it (you would only emphasize the seam).
Use a toothbrush to tease a few more fibres out of the seam, the ones that are bent over and stuck under the cotton.
Now use a wider, softer brush to cover up your toothbrush tracks.

The rest of it (random gozillas etc) can always be photoshopped away, right? ;-)
11/07/2009 10:01:06 AM · #3
Thanks for the advice Beetle. I'll try that.
11/07/2009 10:45:13 AM · #4

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11/07/2009 11:24:37 AM · #5
I think it will work...But I did something different for group photos. I shot everyone separately. Then I put them together using photoshop. It worked very well because I lit everyone the same. The lighting I have is only enough for portraits of individuals. It turned out pretty good.
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