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Dec 06, 2013 18:49 |  #1

Hey everybody! Im looking at investing in a backdrop setup, I have some qualifications that I will list below, I will be using this for portraits and here are said qualifications:

- Must be moveable (weight does not matter)
- Must be extremely stable
- Must be tall enough for a 7' person to stand in front of without issue (taller would be wonderful)
- Would be wonderful if I could not have to worry about the size or weight of my backdrops

Right now I do not have a "real" strobe set but I do have Speedlights with remote triggers and some hot lights that I use. eventually Ill upgrade those, but for right now Im able to use what Ive got. I really want to do this right as I don't want to have to purchase more background stands, ect. ever again. \


So, am I crazy? what do you use? Pictures of your setups would be wonderful too :D




  
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Dec 06, 2013 18:59 |  #2

What kind of budget are you looking at?

I used this for about a year before moving to a more permanent set-up in my loft: http://www.amazon.com …lli+ABSL+backgr​ound+stand (external link) It held up fine to being assembled and disassembled about twice a week.


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Dec 06, 2013 19:02 |  #3

Im willing to spend what it takes, to be realistic however Id like to stay under $400, including a few backdrops and all mounting hardware (<duh)




  
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Dec 06, 2013 19:37 |  #4

Scatterbrained wrote in post #16507408 (external link)
What kind of budget are you looking at?

I used this for about a year before moving to a more permanent set-up in my loft: http://www.amazon.com …lli+ABSL+backgr​ound+stand (external link) It held up fine to being assembled and disassembled about twice a week.

I have the smaller 10' version, and it's held up well over the past year or so... Mine came with 10' x 20' muslin in white and black... it's not too thick, but its alright... BHPhoto has some background kits for about $270 that are supposedly heavy duty with 12' high stands.

If I come into some money, and we get a new house with higher ceilings, I'll probably pick up one of those Manfrotto Autopole systems or a wall mounted backdrop system (kinda pricey), but saves some space as you don't have the floor stands taking up space...


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Dec 06, 2013 20:12 |  #5

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Im willing to spend what it takes, to be realistic however Id like to stay under $400, including a few backdrops and all mounting hardware (<duh)

A background stand kit is going to come with what you need to hang a muslin from it, if the muslin has a mounting sleeve to slide the rod through. The one I linked to is fairly stout and should do you well. If you figure that you'll still need muslin clamps and possibly a steamer to get wrinkles out, then add a few hundred for backgrounds. . . . . . . . . .


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Dec 06, 2013 20:18 |  #6

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I have the smaller 10' version, and it's held up well over the past year or so... Mine came with 10' x 20' muslin in white and black... it's not too thick, but its alright... BHPhoto has some background kits for about $270 that are supposedly heavy duty with 12' high stands.

If I come into some money, and we get a new house with higher ceilings, I'll probably pick up one of those Manfrotto Autopole systems or a wall mounted backdrop system (kinda pricey), but saves some space as you don't have the floor stands taking up space...

I went round and round on the Autopole issue, before finally deciding to just get Timber Toppers. Aside from the fact that they're only $40 a pair (plus $12 for 2 2x4s), it's easy to clamp onto a 2x4, or screw mounts strait into them if needed. I use them for my background muslin as well as the back of my shooting table.

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Dec 06, 2013 22:06 |  #7

You have three options.
A) the background stands and bar used for rolls of seamless or muslins as shown.

B) a stretcher frame with fabrics similar to THIS (external link) which I also have. It works great and is easy to setup. Only significant disadvantage is that there is a distinct seam between floor and background. (I have black and white vinyl that I use for the floor covering.)

C) is THIS (external link) which I also have and is a great solution for head shots. Very light and easy to setup.

The three are inversely portable and easy to use compared to the size of the background they provide. that's why I ended up with all three.

C is best for single person head shots or at least less than full length. B works fine for groups of up to about 6, again, best is not full length. A is prefect for full length, catalog type shooting.


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