Idea for a portrait backdrop

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Peter Gordon, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Peter Gordon

    Peter Gordon Guest

    Spotlight has Smart Classic Roller Blinds on sale at $16.95 each.
    They are made of vinyl and come in 120, 150 & 180 cm widths
    with a 210 cm drop. (All are the same price.) Spotlight at
    Indooroopilly Brisbane, had Navy Blue & Sunflower colours.
    The pack shows that "Natural" colour is also available, so
    you may be lucky in other stores. The blinds have a mat
    finish and do not show flare.

    This morning I bought one of each colour as portrait backdrops.
    The test photos can be seen at:

    They provide a good flat backdrop and are easy to install
    and remove which make them good and cheap for an amateur
    who uses their lounge room as a makeshift studio. Also, they
    are packaged in a celluloid box which is ideal for storage.
    Peter Gordon, Dec 13, 2004
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    Ben Rum Guest

    (comments from the peanut gallery)...

    Nice background but your wife has let herself go.
    Ben Rum, Dec 13, 2004
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    DJ Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion!
    DJ, Dec 13, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    The lighting is wrong for these shots.

    You would not want to add much more light to the shot as the background
    will start to reflect back creating a cast, the more absorbent the
    background the better.

    Neutral backgrounds are better. Black, white and grey. to add colour use
    gels on these.
    Rob, Dec 13, 2004
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    Lachy Guest

    I thought she was a real doll !!!
    Lachy, Dec 13, 2004
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    Peter Gordon Guest

    She may not look much, but she is the most patient
    model I have found.<g>
    Peter Gordon, Dec 13, 2004
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    Ryadia Guest

    If the fabric is wide enough, you can subdue the lighting by moving the
    subject forward and using a back-light facing the subject. Just a well
    difussed fill flash on or to one side of the camera then will make the
    background less prominent.
    Ryadia, Dec 13, 2004
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    unners Guest

    i actually use spotlight couch covers! i have to go a grab another one
    today. they're basically a 3m by 2m sheet and cost 40 bucks. does the
    job i guess
    unners, Dec 13, 2004
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    Russ Guest

    It's been a while since I bought one, but the paper rolls of backdrop from
    photography shops really aren't that expensive, are nice and wide and come
    in useful colours.
    Russ, Dec 14, 2004
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    lost human Guest

    That's an interesting idea

    It would make a nice change from having the girls model in my bed
    lost human, Dec 14, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    Now $150 each
    Rob, Dec 15, 2004
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    VickiFrank Guest

    I'm from Studio Productions, Inc (we make translucent special effects
    backgrounds for photography/video/theater, etc). Aside from our
    products, we have some articles including one on some alternatives for
    backdrops with pricing--including some cheap or free alternative
    ideas!. Follow this link to a white

    While you are there, consider getting listed in our directory of
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    My best,
    VickiFrank, Dec 30, 2004
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