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ranplett
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:53PM
I would love to gather some ideas for a decent professional white backgorund set up. I'm not referring to lighting at all. I need to shoot some large objects / people on white fairly soon.

What type of material do you all use?

Usually, I only shoot smaller objects, so I can get away with 11x17" super bright paper.

I would get a standard roll of large white paper, but I'm afraid it will get ruined after one shoot.

If you are shooting a person (full body) then are you worried about scuff marks and foot prints?

If you are shooting foods / beverages, can spillage ruin your background?

At a photography school, I saw them using a huge, reversed roll of linoleum, which wasn't close to white, but probably still decent for extracting.

Is there a plastic, matte (sans reflection) large seemless background out there that can be wiped down and not wrinkle?
rodkosmos
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:06PM
There use to be a platic material that was avaible in various colors and grads.
try SINARBRON web site or B&H New york
The brand escaps me: plus they maybe under a different name in your counrty.
These are robust and waterproof they are about 1mt x .75 mt in size ideal for product work
Rod
blackwaterimages
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:39PM
Almost every white background in my portfolio was shot against a King Size white bedsheet from Walmart. 16 bucks. Washable, durable, easy to store.
I've shot some stuff using foamcore too, but that's too small for what you need I think.
ranplett
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:53PM
Almost every white background in my portfolio was shot against a King Size white bedsheet from Walmart. 16 bucks. Washable, durable, easy to store.


That's exactly the info I was looking for! Thanks!

[off to Walmart]

(Edited on 2005-09-20 17:57:11 by ranplett)
ranplett
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:56PM
There use to be a platic material that was avaible in various colors and grads.
try SINARBRON web site or B&H New york
The brand escaps me: plus they maybe under a different name in your counrty.
These are robust and waterproof they are about 1mt x .75 mt in size ideal for product work
Rod


Thanks Rod, but that sheet idea is just too good!! When I can afford something better, I'll look into it at B&H
PrairieArtProject
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:30PM
But how to eliminate texture on close up shots? I have this struggle all the time... I get the texture and I really want it gone. That's what is so nice about the background paper, I guess.
ranplett
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 7:06PM
Ahh, yes, if you are shooting large objects / people, you won't be able to see the fine detail, unless you focus on their shoes. For anything smaller, white paper works better.
bonniej
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 7:56PM
If you throw enough light onto the white sheet.. totally blow it out, you will not see the texture.

Just becareful that the light does not spill over onto your model/subject.

Barndoors on the lights, lighting your backdrop (or flags made of cheap foam core or such) will help with that.

Personnaly I use a 107" roll of seamless white paper. When it gets too dirty.. I just cut the dirty part off & roll out the next section.


edited because I still can't type...LOL

(Edited on 2005-09-20 19:57:54 by bonniej)
ranplett
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:20PM
how much does your roll cost?
blackwaterimages
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:40PM

But how to eliminate texture on close up shots? I have this struggle all the time... I get the texture and I really want it gone. That's what is so nice about the background paper, I guess.



I tend to solve this problem in a few different ways:
By leaving sufficent distance between the background and the subject, lighting the background separately, and sometimes just over exposing by 1/2 a stop. If shooting wide open - f/2.8 vs f/8, for instance - is possible, then shoot open. It will blur the background and the blur/blowout combo should be just fine.

Any combo of those should at least get you close, and then there's always photoshop for the rest!

(Edited on 2005-09-20 21:43:00 by blaneyphoto)
rayna
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Posted Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:03AM
Gotta love Wal-Mart sheets! I hung an inexpensive curtain rod on a wall and used clip rings to hold the sheets. The clips make it easy to switch backgrounds. I also bought sheet sets with a flat, fitted sheet and pillow cases. The fitted sheet is good for putting over stools, beanbags, etc. and I use one of the pillow cases to store the sheets I'm not using. If you like the sheet option, watch the sales at Target, I have bought low thread count king sets for as low as $20.

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ranplett
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Posted Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:14AM
My Walmart here sucks. They didn't have many options for white sheets. I guess I'll hit the fabric store tomorrow.

The Clip Rings look like a good idea!
rayna
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Posted Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:16AM
Target or K-Mart maybe?

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Posted Tue Oct 4, 2005 11:00AM
Linens & Things sells a nice fabric shower curtain which is bright white. It's made from relatively heavy, thick threaded polyester material that does not wrinkle. And it has grommets along the top to hang it up.

It's also semi-translucent, you can use it as a backdrop or shoot thru it as a diffuser.
tmarvin
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Posted Wed Oct 5, 2005 4:39AM
Seamless white background paper is what I always use. It costs about $30 per roll from my local camera store in the 9 foot width. I have background holder with chains to easily roll the paper back up (takes seconds to roll up 20 feet - like a window shade)
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