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    getting wrinkles out of backdrops!!

    i have a black backdrop and a white backdrop and they are both made of cotton. how can i get the wrinkles out? i dont want to wash the black one and lose the color.

    also isnt there other alternatives to backdrops? like vinly/plastic and where could i order it?
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    Get a spray bottle and heavily mist the material and, try throwing it in the dryer. Or do you have an iron? Those have worked for many years.
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    your talking about ironing a 12'x12' fabric! lol
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    use a slower shutter speed, and have someone or yourself even move the back drop back and forth. that's worked pretty well for me and sure beats ironing

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    Here is a great tip that I've heard from a few different sources.

    Use a spray bottle and mist the backdrop...but you don't need to put it in the dryer...just leave it hanging. Depending of a few factors, it may take several hours...but the wrinkles should slowly disappear.

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    Also, if small wrinkles persist, have your subject 6' or so away from the backdrop and use a smaller DOF. 5.6 or so would be good if you can manage that with the lights you're using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mike View Post
    Here is a great tip that I've heard from a few different sources.

    Use a spray bottle and mist the backdrop...but you don't need to put it in the dryer...just leave it hanging. Depending of a few factors, it may take several hours...but the wrinkles should slowly disappear.
    A blow dryer and a hairbrush work too. Wet the backdrop as suggested and hit it with the hot air while smoothing with the brush (or something other than your hand -it gets hot). If you can get it against a wall it goes faster, kind of like ironing with out having to take it down, or scorching the wall. lol
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    We have many backdrops...too many to hang up (only room for three). The spray bottle will work if you have time to wait for it to dry, but I keep a small Conair steamer (about $35) in the studio for quick touch ups.

    I've always been afraid to work with vinyl or anything that will reflect light as I have a hard enough time lighting my subjects without having light spilling all over the place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sontizzle View Post
    your talking about ironing a 12'x12' fabric! lol
    I do it. It works and doesn't take as long as you think. The dryer method works sometimes but tough wrinkles take more.

    When I'm done, I roll the fabric up on a long pvc pipe and store it that way. The only time it gets wrinkled again is maybe during a shoot. Touching up those small areas are then easy.
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    Downy sells a product in a spray bottle called "Downy Wrinkle Release". Find some of that and a fabric steamer and you should be good to go.
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    Downy Wrinkle Release works... although I've never used it on a backdrop. Just my cloths when I'm too lazy to pull the iron out in the morning.
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    Without even working with the actual backdrop its pretty easy to get rid of it in pp. Say if the backgrounds white, put your dodge tool on highlights at 100% and go over the background to make it pure white. For black do the same thing but use the burn tool on shadows. Then to make sure its pure white/black you can open up the info window, and 255 is white, and 0 is black, so as you go over it make sure the whole background is either one of those.
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    I've never used a backdrop before, but after reading this thread, this might work. What about clipping the two bottom corners down, or attaching a weight to each corner and put a fan behind the backdrop blowing air at the backdrop.. This should push out the wrinkles if they aren't too severe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sontizzle View Post
    your talking about ironing a 12'x12' fabric! lol
    Yeah and? I have done it before in the old days.
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