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Portable Background Systems

Louis ­ solomon
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Sep 07, 2012 09:45 |  #1

Hi All,

I'm looking into investing in a portable background system and am considering the following

Calumet On-Site System http://www.calumetphot​ …_background_sys​tem/mp0500 (external link)
Westcott X-Drop System …ckdrops/x-drop-backdrops/ (external link)

I'll be photographing head and shoulder portraits of 1 to 2 people and small dogs and maybe some product photography; might want to do people groups later on (up to 4 people). I'd be setting up in small areas in people's homes i.e., living rooms, dens, offices, etc.

I'd be most appreciative of your comments regarding the pros/cons of either of these two systems for my intended usage. Portability and quick setup/knockdown are important.


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Sep 07, 2012 23:31 |  #2

Photek people popprt. Not sure if they still selling it or not.

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Sep 09, 2012 11:35 |  #3

The Calumet unit is nice. about 8x8 so its big in someone's living room. But it will work.
Takes a bit to get it assembled. Just came across the Westcott the other day in a post. It looks nice but will be small for more than two people.
Neither of them easily supports a simple way to add a floor "runner" which is useful, especially for product photography.

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Sep 09, 2012 11:39 |  #4

Have you bought about doing a white seamless paper and a background stand? I just bought it from calumet and I think it was just under 150 for both pieces (I got e 9 foot wide roll). This is great because it has the floor runner which I think you will want Iid you are shooting dogs.

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