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Portable Studio backgrounds better then Muslin?

 
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Feb 23, 2013 09:03 |  #1

Hi Guys,

I have closed my Studio due to it being an unnecessary expense as most of my work is video and location based.

However I am looking for a portable studio set up to use in people homes for the small number of current clients I already have and enjoy working with.

My current set up is a 3m x 11m white muslin background but this creases and is very large for use in people homes.

I also have a 1mx1m pop up box that the kids love to play in for there photos.

I was wondering what other options are there?

I have seen pop up backgrounds and am also looking for something that will not crease as much as the muslin.

Thank you for any help.

Alex


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Feb 23, 2013 20:09 |  #2

The point of muslin is that randomly stuffing it into a bag creates random wrinkles, which when out of focus do not present something which draws the viewer's eye to it as regular folds would.

If you want wrinkle free, you could use rolls of background paper; short width rolls easy to transport, not so for wide rolls.

You could use velvet which would hide wrinkles but the sheen seen can be equally problematic.


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Feb 24, 2013 08:55 |  #3

I would recommend the manfrotto autopole system as it is very compact compared to traditional light stand backdrop systems. Match that up with some seamless paper sized to your needs and you'll find there's no better way to go. That's Been my experience anyhow. Velvet, for me, has always been a consideration but its is considerably more heavy, and requires a more expensive metal crank/ metal pole and I've noticed a bit of a sheen from velvet in other's videos.


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Feb 24, 2013 17:08 |  #4

Wilt wrote in post #15645042 (external link)
You could use velvet which would hide wrinkles but the sheen seen can be equally problematic.

Old fashioned cotton velvet has less sheen than the synthetic fibre velvet (and it's a heck of a lot more expensive!) because of the nature of the fibre (cotton tapers, synthetics don't). Another point is that velvet has a pile, with a right and wrong way of hanging it to emphasise the 'luxurious' nature of the fabric.

If you lightly steam velvet with either a dedicated clothes steamer or, more simply, with a wallpaper steam stripper then you reduce the sheen temporarily. PITA doing it though. Nearly as boring as ironing muslin backgrounds - nearly.


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Feb 25, 2013 11:45 |  #5

Yeah I like the wrinkles in the muslims but if you doing black or white..try rolling them instead of folding. Helps with the wrinkles but the way I shoot white is blown out so there are no wrinkles and black is just black.

What about HiLite Illuminated Backgrounds.


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