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Looking at background support systems, would like your input

 
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Feb 04, 2011 05:48 |  #1

Hey everyone. I am looking to get a background support system and a couple of backdrops. I do school team photos, and until now, have not used a background system. I am not looking to spend a ton on it, but do want something that isn't going to fall over.

What are your recommendations?

I have found these two on BHPhoto.com
I like their price because I can get a stand & a background for under $150.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …round_Support_S​ystem.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …kground_Support​_with.html (external link)

I am guessing the main difference in these 2 is the telescoping crossbar on the second, which would be quite handy in tight situations.

Oh, and I am looking at the backdrop outlet, http://www.backdropout​let.com/ (external link) for my backdrops.

ETA: what's the least hassle backdrop to get?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Feb 04, 2011 10:05 |  #2

What type of teams will you be able to fit inside of an 8' wide backdrop? basketball?

Both of the ones you listed are almost worthless due to height and width. A standard muslin or roll of paper will be 9' wide. It wont even fit one of those supports which are 8' wide. Even if you dont think you will use 9' paper now, you will down the road.

Spend a little more.

At minimum, get this...

Savage with paper (external link)

I own and LOVE this....

Photek (external link)

It goes up to 12' wide in 4 section crossbars so you dont have to use the 4th section unless you need it. It folds down small into a case that is easy to travel with.

If this is going to be a portable system, look into that Photek one. If you buy a cheap one you WILL be buying a new one shortly.

Will you be traveling with this?

Are you going to use muslins?

Muslins are better for portability but realize that almost all of them will wrinkle easily. Paper is great but only portable if you have a car/truck that can fit a 9' roll of paper. I do.

There are some expensive muslins that wont wrinkle. If you have to go the muslin route, spend the money on one that wont wrinkle. If not, you will need to bring a steamer on location to get the wrinkles out. Its annoying. And a steamer is costly. or you can pull your subject far away form the background and use an aperture large enough to blur that background.


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Feb 04, 2011 10:07 |  #3

whoops...sorry about that! HAHA, The background will be for the individual's shots only. The teams are shot out on the field.


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Feb 04, 2011 10:52 |  #4

how much room will you have from camera to backdrop? Full body shots of half?


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Feb 04, 2011 12:59 |  #5

im going to do about half length shots. Don't know exactly on the distance from camera to backdrop, as I haven't been told where Im shooting yet. But it will most likely be shot with my 70-200 2.8, as my 25-70 will be being used at the same time on the team shots out on the field.


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Feb 04, 2011 14:42 |  #6

I think that fist one I suggested comes with a 54" roll of white paper. For half body shots, 54" isn t much of a big deal to travel with. You can make white paper grey or black, if you know how.

Avoid muslins if you can.


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Feb 04, 2011 15:03 |  #7

Ok, thanks! Yeah, I can make the white go grey. Thanks for you're help!


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Feb 05, 2011 21:42 |  #8

I think I will go with the second one, the one that you have. Looks like a good, solid kit.


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Feb 05, 2011 23:36 |  #9

I use a rig that's virtually identical the Photek unit linked by CosmoKid above (post #2), though it has a different brand name. I see that setup sold under various names over time. I highly suggest it because, someday, you will want to use a 10-foot or even a 12-foot wide background such as the muslins that I use. It is extremely solid, easy to use, and worth every penny of the selling price.


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