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Oct 22, 2011 10:55 |  #1

Hi guys, I've got a question... What's the cheapest way to get a one-color backdrop that can fit lets say a small group of maybe 15 people huddled together in a pack?

I have lightstands, so I'll need a cross bar, yes? Then anyone know what's a cheap source of a backdrop fabric for the background that doesn't need to cover the floor? I'm thinking white/gray etc.

Setting up a photo booth at a prom night so I have to think of this...


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Oct 22, 2011 11:04 |  #2

Don't use a backdrop, put people in front of a white wall and blow it out.


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Oct 22, 2011 12:10 |  #3

Numenorean wrote in post #13289436 (external link)
Don't use a backdrop, put people in front of a white wall and blow it out.

+1 to that, solid colour walls are great (if you have one that is). If not then a cross bar and roll of paper would work quite good. :)


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Oct 22, 2011 12:11 |  #4

Generally you use seamless paper, that's usually 10 feet wide. Or a type of muslin that's 10 or 12 ft wide. Might be tough getting 15 people in that area. Just ideas here...maybe a muslin, 10 ft by 20 on it's side(sideways)..taped to a wall? Or even stretched between two pillars/roofs/etc. That would give you a 20 ft width. Using a longer lens and getting farther back helps to keep the people within the backgrounds too. Not sure where you can get stuff in Singapore, but Steve Kaeser has sold me some stuff locally that is a good value.




  
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Oct 22, 2011 12:31 |  #5

I did it with some 1" pvc and a muslin from a fabric store. Total cost about $30.




  
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Oct 22, 2011 12:44 |  #6

I can't even fit 4 people on a 9 ft backdrop, 15 people, you might just need a wall.


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Oct 22, 2011 14:09 as a reply to  @ BLUEONION's post |  #7

Thanks for the replies everyone!

What I meant by 15 people is like maybe 4 rows of 5ppl etc. that should be enough for 3m.

I don't have a clean wall or a way to tape fabric to the wall since it's a hotel...


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Oct 22, 2011 14:49 |  #8

Headshotzx wrote in post #13289984 (external link)
I don't have a clean wall or a way to tape fabric to the wall since it's a hotel...

Does the hotel have a conference room?


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Oct 22, 2011 22:10 |  #9

Old Coot wrote in post #13290106 (external link)
Does the hotel have a conference room?

Even if they had, I wouldn't be able to use it because I'll have to shoot right outside their prom ballroom location...


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Oct 23, 2011 16:12 |  #10

dmourati wrote in post #13289712 (external link)
I did it with some 1" pvc and a muslin from a fabric store. Total cost about $30.

would you mind posting the shot you got?

cheapest junk I see at local fabric store is not wide enough for shooting 15 people in a group. Using existing wall is a nice idea. Cheap muslin gives cheap feeling to the final outcome and good stuff is pretty expensive.


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Oct 23, 2011 16:14 |  #11

if using outside put some rim lights in the back. Stop worrying about using back drops as you got probably better background in your hotel location.


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