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Thread started 19 Apr 2009 (Sunday) 18:01
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Apr 19, 2009 18:01 |  #1

When shooting high or low key shots, do you prefer paper or muslin backdrops? I'm currently in the process of stocking my new studio with the essentials and I currently only have black and white muslins and only red seamless paper. I'm thinking about getting a role of #1 whit paper for a job I have coming up.
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Apr 19, 2009 22:24 |  #2

BscPhoto wrote in post #7763013 (external link)
When shooting high or low key shots, do you prefer paper or muslin backdrops? I'm currently in the process of stocking my new studio with the essentials and I currently only have black and white muslins and only red seamless paper. I'm thinking about getting a role of #1 whit paper for a job I have coming up.
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The preference for most (myself included) is thunder gray for studio, since it is middle ground between black and white you can blow the heck (if you have the output) out of it to make it go high key or control your lighting (flags, grids, etc.) and make it go black (it all depends on the space you have of course).

Ideally you can have 1 roll of black, 1 roll of white and 1 roll of another color too, but in a budget I would go with gray if you have the gear to blow it to go high key and the grids and flags + space to make it go low key.


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Apr 19, 2009 23:39 |  #3

If you have a permanent studio it is generally accepted that paper is a better backdrop material because you don't have to worry about creases or scuffing or soiling being difficult to deal with. It can be a bit tiresome transporting rolls of paper whereever you go, however. They're heavy! So if you need portability, then go with muslin




  
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Apr 19, 2009 23:57 as a reply to  @ nuffi's post |  #4

I don't normally do run of the mill shoots, I prefer to use white and black prospectively. I have a gray muslin that I've never used. I was mainly curious if anyone had a really good argument for muslins or against paper that I'm missing.
The studio is permanent so I'm planning on constructing a backdrop rack to hold what ever rolls I get.


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Apr 20, 2009 00:10 |  #5

eduardofrances wrote in post #7764617 (external link)
The preference for most (myself included) is thunder gray for studio, since it is middle ground between black and white you can blow the heck (if you have the output) out of it to make it go high key or control your lighting (flags, grids, etc.) and make it go black (it all depends on the space you have of course).

Ideally you can have 1 roll of black, 1 roll of white and 1 roll of another color too, but in a budget I would go with gray if you have the gear to blow it to go high key and the grids and flags + space to make it go low key.

Which # gray paper would you suggest?


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Apr 20, 2009 11:00 |  #6

BscPhoto wrote in post #7765190 (external link)
Which # gray paper would you suggest?

Savage #27 Thunder Gray
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Apr 20, 2009 11:14 as a reply to  @ shooterman's post |  #7

For me high key white seamless low key dark gray muslin...




  
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Apr 20, 2009 11:28 |  #8

For High Key i like my super white paper lite with my 580exII and for low key so far i dont mind the jetblack paper.. however find it alittle reflective and turns out kind of greyish in some areas... I am hoping to try some black felt this weekend.


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Apr 20, 2009 11:32 |  #9

Michael_Lambert wrote in post #7767639 (external link)
For High Key i like my super white paper lite with my 580exII and for low key so far i dont mind the jetblack paper.. however find it alittle reflective and turns out kind of greyish in some areas... I am hoping to try some black felt this weekend.

Michael for low try moving your subject out from the BG and use a modifier like a soft box in CLOSE and make sure light doesn't spill on the BG.




  
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Apr 20, 2009 11:36 |  #10

airfrogusmc wrote in post #7767674 (external link)
Michael for low try moving your subject out from the BG and use a modifier like a soft box in CLOSE and make sure light doesn't spill on the BG.

Thanks,

I have had some success removing my softbox its the huge one from Alienbees and just using the metal oval reflector that it came with.. I am looking to get a beauty dish which should make it easier or a smaller softbox with a grid.


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