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Cathy J. Warren

member since: 6/20/2006
 

What Type of Studio Back Drop?


I would like to buy some back drops for my pictures, but I don't know what kind. Canvas? Muslin? What colors work best? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks!

1/9/2008 4:12:34 PM

 
W. 

member since: 9/25/2006
 
Hi Cathy,

for a considered opinion we need a little more to go on:

1) what kind of photos do you plan on using them with? What kind of subjects will you be putting in front of them?

2) what kind of space, dimensions, will you be using it in?

3) what kind of lighting set up do you have?

4) what camera(s)?

Have fun!

1/9/2008 5:41:42 PM

 
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  Hi Cathy,
For portraits, I usually use a mottled gray backdrop on muslin. Because the background is gray, I can use gels on lights to add color. I like muslin because it is soft enough to drape easily, which can change the look of the background. I use different things for products, and of course, I donít use the gray for all portraits. Check out this article on lighting and making backdrops here at BetterPhoto: www.betterphoto.com/article.asp?id=176.
Thanks!

1/10/2008 8:31:30 AM

 
David E. Bunkofske
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/2/2007
  Hi Cathy,
If you want a richer looking , Smoother Look. I would use canvas, Most of my clients Prefer the canvas over the muslin. Although the muslins are cheeper so you can get more for your money.

1/15/2008 7:10:20 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
Good day Cathy,
I will agree Canvas is beautiful, but you'd have to have a studio space and a really heavy duty roller system, they are very heavy to put up and require a system that can handle them(I use these every day)and the COST.
Where Muslin is much more versital,
you can use a lighter portable system,and come in just as many Traditioal colors,at a much lower cost as well.
I always suggest(and if you have any of my CDs there are color examples with a gel chart as well)
a Gray as John suggested( it is beautil with gels and gives you a wide range of colors)
a Traditional Brown and Blue,and of course white & Black.

Denny's Manufactuing Prices for Canvas:
9x10($523.00) 9x16($588.00) 9x18($654.00)
10x10($545.00) 10x16($628.00) 10x18($671.00)
10x20($726.00) 10x22($807.00) 10x24($901.00)
12x10($531.00)

Then Muslins start on ebay as low as .25. I have won 10x12 ect as low as 50.00
I hope all this helps,
Debby

1/15/2008 10:02:42 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
Good day Cathy,
I will agree Canvas is beautiful, but you'd have to have a studio space and a really heavy duty roller system, they are very heavy to put up and require a system that can handle them(I use these every day)and the COST.
Where Muslin is much more versital,
you can use a lighter portable system,and come in just as many Traditioal colors,at a much lower cost as well.
I always suggest(and if you have any of my CDs there are color examples with a gel chart as well)
a Gray as John suggested( it is beautil with gels and gives you a wide range of colors)
a Traditional Brown and Blue,and of course white & Black.

Denny's Manufactuing Prices for Canvas:
9x10($523.00) 9x16($588.00) 9x18($654.00)
10x10($545.00) 10x16($628.00) 10x18($671.00)
10x20($726.00) 10x22($807.00) 10x24($901.00)
12x10($531.00)

Then Muslins start on ebay as low as .25. I have won 10x12 ect as low as 50.00
I hope all this helps,
Debby

1/15/2008 10:03:31 AM

 
Cathy J. Warren

member since: 6/20/2006
  Thanks everyone for the advice I really did want canvas but not in my budget. I will try muslin. Is there different qualities of muslin? Thanks again for the help.
Cathy

1/15/2008 1:53:36 PM

 
Nancy 

member since: 10/24/2005
  Try buying from Adorama. I use a 12X24 and a 10X12 in a light blue modeled. It kinda looks like the sky thru clouds mostly. I also have a darker green, blue,brown modeled one. Usually when shooting seniors. The grey hair just stands out. Price in the $90 - $150 for the 12X24 size. I like the longer length for full length pics. These are washable muslins. Look for washable in cold water.

1/15/2008 10:59:27 PM

 

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