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Nov 24, 2013 13:22 |  #1

My wife and I are expecting our first child (it's a boy!) December 6th. She suggested I buy a backdrop so we can shoot some clutter free shots of our newborn. We have a ton of space (1300 sq. ft. apartment) but here's the kicker... it's all carpet. BLUE carpet. Hah! I've always wanted the autopoles but I'll need a way to setup and take down a temporary solid floor for the roll to come down onto. I'm afraid that the roll will be destroyed as soon as anyone walks on it (over carpet) or places any props onto it. I'm hoping for some ingenious suggestions as the only one I can think of are those 2' x 2' wooden (maybe particle board?) tiles that interlock. Seems like a practical solution because we have a massiving living room and only use half of it. I could set them up against one wall in a grid of say 8' x 8' and then pull the roll down onto the surface for walking on.

Any/all ideas greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance :D

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Nov 24, 2013 14:22 |  #2

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Nov 24, 2013 14:33 |  #3

Aressem wrote in post #16476656 (external link)
My wife and I are expecting our first child (it's a boy!) December 6th. She suggested I buy a backdrop so we can shoot some clutter free shots of our newborn. We have a ton of space (1300 sq. ft. apartment) but here's the kicker... it's all carpet. BLUE carpet. Hah! I've always wanted the autopoles but I'll need a way to setup and take down a temporary solid floor for the roll to come down onto. I'm afraid that the roll will be destroyed as soon as anyone walks on it (over carpet) or places any props onto it. I'm hoping for some ingenious suggestions as the only one I can think of are those 2' x 2' wooden (maybe particle board?) tiles that interlock. Seems like a practical solution because we have a massiving living room and only use half of it. I could set them up against one wall in a grid of say 8' x 8' and then pull the roll down onto the surface for walking on.

Any/all ideas greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance :D

Ryan

Check out this photographer's YouTube Channel.....
Although she has a studio, she also shows you that you don't need a lot of space to do newborn photographs.....

http://www.youtube.com​/user/bstudiovideo/vid​eos (external link)

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Nov 24, 2013 14:40 |  #4

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Check out this photographer's YouTube Channel.....
Although she has a studio, she also shows you that you don't need a lot of space to do newborn photographs.....

http://www.youtube.com​/user/bstudiovideo/vid​eos (external link)

That's great but still totally disregards my problem with carpet and wanting to use a backdrop with a roll for seamless backgrounds. =/


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Nov 24, 2013 15:28 |  #5

Here is what I was thinking of...

http://www.homedepot.c​a …floor-panel-system/931386 (external link)


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Nov 24, 2013 15:35 as a reply to  @ Aressem's post |  #6

Why not just plop some linoleum on top to the carpet? Just go get an offcut from somewhere.

It should stop holes unless your carpet is super thick.

BTW, good luck.

BTW, good luck getting any photos, you might find you have other things to do;).


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Nov 24, 2013 15:40 |  #7

Aressem wrote in post #16476952 (external link)
Here is what I was thinking of...

http://www.homedepot.c​a …floor-panel-system/931386 (external link)

Those will work but I think you'd be better off with a one piece 4'x8' piece of white tile board. It probably won't flex as much as the dri-core pieces and you can also use it on top of a white backdrop for a spill-proof easily cleaned surface.




  
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Gareth ONeill wrote in post #16476968 (external link)
=Gareth O'Neill;16476968]Why not just plop some linoleum on top to the carpet? Just go get an offcut from somewhere.

It should stop holes unless your carpet is super thick.

BTW, good luck.

BTW, good luck getting any photos, you might find you have other things to do;).

No offense but that's a terrible idea :P. Linoleum is 1/8" at most and is super flexible. :confused:

Thanks for the "luck" but I'll be just fine. Any more useless, negative comments?

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Nov 24, 2013 15:41 |  #9

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Those will work but I think you'd be better off with a one piece 4'x8' piece of white tile board. It probably won't flex as much as the dri-core pieces and you can also use it on top of a white backdrop for a spill-proof easily cleaned surface.

I considered that, but a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood is a lot harder to put away in the closet. I do appreciate the thought though :)


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Nov 24, 2013 16:23 |  #10

Aressem wrote in post #16476981 (external link)
I considered that, but a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood is a lot harder to put away in the closet. I do appreciate the thought though :)

If you must have a hard surface on carpet, the larger the boards (whatever they are made of) are the better off you'd be. The 2x2 foot boards would move a lot if weight were put on a joint between them.

I'd suggest having several 2x4 foot plywood boards. If you need to, you could stagger two layers so there's no single open joint.

If you used a muslin background, it could be simply spread on the floor and then up to stands. Standing on the muslin won't break or tear it.


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