Portable back drops

Discussion in 'Lighting and Hardware' started by Nwcid, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Nwcid

    Nwcid No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    338
    Likes Received:
    161
    Location:
    PNW
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    While I typically only shoot with backdrops in my studio I have been asked to do some head shots on location. Currently I have worked with canvas, seamless paper and sheets (they were cheap when starting), so I am familiar with that.

    When doing on location shoots what typically works best as a balance between style, ease of set up, ease of transport and of course cost?

    I am looking at something in a medium grey. I do like seamless, but how well does it hold up to transport? I have not worked with vinyl/plastic style back drops, are they any good for this? Of course there is the traditional fabrics but you would need to make sure there is a way to get the wrinkles out. How are the ones that "pop" open like a reflector? Is there an option I am missing?


     
  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    44,258
    Likes Received:
    13,937
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I use Lastolite's collapsible backgrounds for almost all of my location work. They're well made, collapse easily, and when used in conjunction with the support kit make for a system that sets up quickly, stores in a very small footprint, and lets you really impress people when you fold up the background.

    I do use seamless on location, but it's a bit of a pain to transport. It holds up fine; I use 4 or 6" PVC sewer pipe with an end cap and one end and a threaded cap at the other to store all my seamless, so they're well protected, but maneuvering a 109" roll to the top-floor boardroom is a PIA to say the least.
     
  3. Nwcid

    Nwcid No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    338
    Likes Received:
    161
    Location:
    PNW
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Do you use the 5x6 or 6x7. On the link you sent they are a bit more then I was looking to spend on a single job (for now). However they do have black/medium grey 6x7 for $150 (US) shipped right now from several sources. The stand kit looks neat, but I am pretty sure I can just hang it from one of my booms.

    Good tip about transporting seamless. I was not considering packing a 109" roll, but getting a smaller one.
     
  4. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    44,258
    Likes Received:
    13,937
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit


    I've got several of the collapsible; not actually sure what the dimensions are, probably the 5x6. They're not cheap, but the quality is there. As for the stand, yeah, it's not an essential piece, but it's convenient, and being magnetic, if something gets knocked, it just falls off, nothing broken or damaged.
     
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page