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Sep 11, 2016 16:23 |  #1

I shoot for a dance studio and use a white cotton backdrop that I blow out with a couple of strobes. While I'm pleased with the result of the look of the background, I'm not sure how to light my subject and blow out the area where they are standing. There is the same material on the floor as the backdrop. The floor often comes out grey, as what I expect with a proper exposure of the dancer. I toyed with the idea of something different on the floor to achieve the white, but the studio owner is concerned about about the children slipping on a white panel, for instance. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.




  
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Sep 11, 2016 16:28 |  #2

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Sep 11, 2016 17:15 |  #3

White MDF board over some type of non-slip material.




  
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Sep 11, 2016 17:30 as a reply to  @ texkam's post |  #4

Thanks. I may go with that next time after some experimentation. I'm all for it, as from what I've seen, it keeps things white but adds a little reflection to the floor. Now I just need to convince the director.....




  
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Sep 11, 2016 23:41 |  #5

You want flat finish. Also consider birch veneer plywood with flat white paint. Easily repainted as needed for future shoots.




  
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Sep 11, 2016 23:49 as a reply to  @ texkam's post |  #6

Thank you! She also has a solution called slip no more that is basically a liquid rosin that she applies to stages to prevent slipping. I think that this might be useful as long as it doesn't make the surface to matte. I really appreciate the suggestions guys! My next shoot isn't until next spring, but I've had this on my mind since May and want to up my game for next year.




  
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Sep 13, 2016 00:44 |  #7

http://www.lowes.com …dboard-Wall-Panel/3015239 (external link)

Cheap and works well. PITA to carry around.




  
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Sep 13, 2016 00:49 as a reply to  @ sipowicz's post |  #8

Thanks sipowicz! Yeah the price is right. Can't wait to be wrinkle free.




  
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Sep 14, 2016 08:25 |  #9

From someone who often uses that white tileboard, it isn't slippery. There's no more chance of someone slipping on that than on any other floor (unless it's contaminated with oil or something). I've had models on it wearing everything from bare feet to stiletto heels.


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Sep 14, 2016 12:12 |  #10

Thanks nathancarter. I'm definitely going this route next time. If there's any disagreement, I have this thread to back me up.




  
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