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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?


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


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 ÂŁ75...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?


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


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 ÂŁ75...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?
 
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.
 
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.

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...:)
 
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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