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Tara R. Swartzendruber

member since: 3/28/2007
 

Portrait Studio Background


I love the look of seamless backgrounds, so I have white and black paper rolls. However, they - especially the white ones - get dirty quickly and I go through quite a bit of paper. Someone suggested making a wood curve between the floor and the wall and tacking white linoleum to it, repainting when necessary. Has anyone done this or something similar? How well does it work? Thanks.

12/4/2009 1:44:02 PM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Tara,
This is usually called a Cyc, or cyclorama. However, I have never heard of one covered with linoleum. You would have to get rid of the line to make this better than paper. Cycs are usually painted with flat white paint, every time you use them. So probably not better than paper. I have never put one in a studio, because of the upkeep. A way to control your costs is to buy the long rolls of white seamless - either 100 or 150 yards. It's a greater outlay at first, but much lower per-shoot costs. Studio specialty outlets sell these lengths, but you will probably need to special-order it. I have used long rolls, and it is quite economical.
Thanks.

12/5/2009 9:43:25 PM

 
Tara R. Swartzendruber

member since: 3/28/2007
  wow, that sounds like a lot of work, painting each time. I think I like paper a lot better. Any other thoughts out there? What do you all use?

12/7/2009 8:14:18 PM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Th Tara,
Cycs are a lot of work. I think there are some vinyl backgrounds out there that are supposed to be reusable. I like the paper, in part because it isn't shiny.
Thanks, John Siskin

12/7/2009 10:30:53 PM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
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  Tara, I have a link to a seamless set-up that ROCKS. Your white paper will last so much longer. The key is taking that linolium and having it on the floor. Here's the website:

http://www.zarias.com/?p=71

Make sure that once you read this part, that you move on to the links for the rest of the process, how to set up the lights, where to place your models, etc. I absolutely LOVE this. Let me know how it works out for you!

I've heard that there ARE vinyl backgrounds that are flat, not shiny, but I'm not sure where to get them. A gal I know from BP here has a few. I'll have to ask her.

12/9/2009 6:44:26 AM

 

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