Studio Backgrounds - Paper or Fabric?
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25-11-11, 07:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: North Herts
I got a black and a white muslin sheet with my background kit. Their fine if you want the look of a cotton sheet as the background but they show up the creases, if you want to turn them white you need lots of light to blow out the creases, they can look rubbish or need a good iron every time you use them. But that may depend on the material I suppose.
I've not used paper. They are lighter but once they mark you either have to rip off the paper and use the rest of the roll or spend ages in photoshop, especially if you want to use the paper on the floor as a seemless background.
I use vinyl. But I didn't buy photographic vinyl (Lastolite do one for around £200) I ordered mine from a company which makes the sides of HGV trailers, £49 for 2.5 m x 7m (bigger than lastolite) plus £20 for delivery from Glasgow, though you might find suppliers nearer or cheaper.
You can reuse it, any marks come off with water or white spirit, it's much tougher than paper, you don't need to replace it, it's flat, doesn't crease and great from bright white seemless backgrounds.
The only downside is it's heavier and more bulky than paper & material.
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