Backgrounds and BG stands

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  1. Bend The Light

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    Hi,

    I am looking to get a BG and a stand. I need it to be collapsible, and I need it CHEAP!

    I have seen a stand set up on FleaBay 3m long (extendable from 1.5 to 3m, I think). This looks ok, and light enough to move around.
    Then I have seen backgrounds for it. But I don't know what's best...there's muslin, there's polyester/cotton mix, and there's paper. There's vinyl, too. But I really am short of cash, but need to get something. Should I just go for the cheapest muslin one (3m by 6m)?

    I just need to be able to take a few portrait style shots. Should I just get the white and be able to set up like I did the Ruby shot at the Camera Club? Get pics like this?

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    Tim at PCC portrait evening by http://bendthelight.me.uk, on Flickr

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    Ruby at PCC portrait evening by http://bendthelight.me.uk, on Flickr

    I have a couple of people wanting some simple publicity photos, mainly as white (or at least plain) backgrounds. I can earn a few quid and then see about better BG. The stand and a 3mx6m white muslin will cost me about £75...I have the best part of that from selling a couple of old unused lenses and what's left of a few quid I got from selling photos of my daughter's last show to the performers and their families. :)

    What do you all think?Hi,

    I am looking to get a BG and a stand. I need it to be collapsible, and I need it CHEAP!

    I have seen a stand set up on FleaBay 3m long (extendable from 1.5 to 3m, I think). This looks ok, and light enough to move around.
    Then I have seen backgrounds for it. But I don't know what's best...there's muslin, there's polyester/cotton mix, and there's paper. There's vinyl, too. But I really am short of cash, but need to get something. Should I just go for the cheapest muslin one (3m by 6m)?

    I just need to be able to take a few portrait style shots. Should I just get the white and be able to set up like I did the Ruby shot at the Camera Club? Get pics like this?

    [​IMG]
    Tim at PCC portrait evening by http://bendthelight.me.uk, on Flickr

    [​IMG]
    Ruby at PCC portrait evening by http://bendthelight.me.uk, on Flickr

    I have a couple of people wanting some simple publicity photos, mainly as white (or at least plain) backgrounds. I can earn a few quid and then see about better BG. The stand and a 3mx6m white muslin will cost me about £75...I have the best part of that from selling a couple of old unused lenses and what's left of a few quid I got from selling photos of my daughter's last show to the performers and their families. :)

    What do you all think?


     
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    As far as backgrounds go, I would consider seamless paper. A roll of 48" light grey is easy to transport & store, always fresh when you need it, and can be turned white, grey or black by controlling exposure. You can also turn it all sorts of colours by using gels.
     
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    I wondered about paper...does it not get dirty and need replacing? How much paper is there on the roll? You realise I know virtually nothing about backgrounds...:)
     
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    It's paper, so it does mark fairly easily, but as long as you keep the minimum possible on the floor, and make sure that feet & floor are reasonably clean, it will last a while.
     
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