Making your own backdrop

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  1. becky323

    becky323 TPF Noob!

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    Just wanted to get everyone's opinion on the best way to build my own backdrop. I have read about using PVC pipes to build the stand. Anyone do this? Also, I am debating if I should be using muslin or paper for my backdrop. Any opinions? I want the background as clean and sharp as possible so I am leaning toward paper. I am essentially looking for the best material to use to create a stark white or black background. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
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    The best thing to do is buy a roll of proper background paper like Colorama.
    Polar White is best for a plain background.
    As it's on a roll you can hang it from the ceiling using string and hooks.
    Alternatively buy two cheap lighting stands and use those.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've seen awesome results with getting a white sheet rolling it up into a ball and tieing it off with some rope and dunking the thing in some cloths dye. The rolling into a ball will cause the die to make nice patterns on the backdrop. There's a lot of this on the http://www.diyphotography.net/ blog.
     
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    Thank you so much for the help!!!!:lol:
     
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    For a black backdrop, get some black velour or velvet from a fabric store (like JoAnn Fabrics). An alternative I used this weekend when photographing some day lilies was to use my wife's black velour dress as a backdrop.
     
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    This weekend I was planning on using just a plain white sheet, making sure there are no folds or creases of course, and hanging it from the ceiling. Any thoughts on this method?
     
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    Works for me.

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    Now to figure out some lighting just as simple.
     

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