A&P Cheap Backdrops

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  1. Bubba Atlantis

    Bubba Atlantis New Member

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    Hey everyone, first time poster here :mamoru:

    I do some work with nude and erotic photography, just recreational stuff. I am looking to purchase a nice simple backdrop as it can be difficult to take photos of people in the apartment that look nice, with a couch in the background. Therefore, I am looking for a CHEAP backdrop. The people that I am primarily photographing are pale, but when they are clothed, the clothing tends to be dark. I was thinking of a simple, thick, off-white backdrop, that I can 'hang' from the roof that will block out...say the kitchen lol.

    Anyway, currently I am not looking to do anything professional, so I am not looking to get a lot of professional equipment, I am looking more for a do it yourself version. So my thought was, I would go to a place like home depot or something and purchase something. Do you guys think that is a bad idea and if so, what would you suggest and if not, still what would you suggest I look for or ask for when I go to the store.

    Thanks for your help
     
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    Fabric store and PVC pipe with the heavy duty papers clips ( the black clip style)
     
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    post nudes for help. :x:

    try amvona.com
     
  4. Bubba Atlantis

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    :rolleyes:


    I have posted them before...just not in here...I will leave it up to you to figure out which forum they have been posted in ;)

    Or I might post some here....we will see...but that isn't the point of my thread.....when I want comments about the photography though I know who to pm ;)
     
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    Any other suggestions?
     
  6. mojito

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  7. SAvaGE paper is pretty cheap $40 for a huuge roll.. I don't know what your budget is. I alsao have a tripple roll holder (holds 3 rolls at a time) so underneath the roll of white paper I also have a few other colors that I can choose from. You can find a cheaper stands for $100 maybe less.

    here's a pic of my setup.

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    Background stands

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=search&Q=&ci=1396



    background paper (don't get the really cheapy paper because that's only big enough for product shots)

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=search&Q=&ci=1395
     
  8. Relay

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  9. This is the one I have

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...652&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    It's not the best but it's not the worst, and it is obviously not the cheapest but it works great. It rocks having 3 rolls already up ready to go!!! No having to stop in the middle of a shoot and break my back putting up another roll of paper, just easily roll the one roll down overtop of the other!!!

    Dude I don't know about rigging something up using DJ speaker stands, well actually, I'm sure it would work now that I think about it... You just have to make a crossbar that is strong enough to support the weight of the paper and you have to have the bar able to fit onto the speaker stands. Those rolls of paper are pretty heavy and ackward shapped. Paper rolls are super long and heavy even for a fat jock like me. There's no way in hell I could see Evan, derrict, or alot of these other guys lifting a roll of paper onto a stand. :)

    I say save yourself the trouble of having to rig something up, and save yourself the constant fear that you might have the heavy roll of paper come crashing down on some cute model chick or an innocent child doing halloween or christmas portraits.
     

  10. I thought you were talking abou the independent speaker stands like the wedding DJ's use. The thing in the link you posted is MONSTEROUSLY HUUGE!!! hope your studio space is big enough to accomidate that beast!! But yea I'd say that thing is definately capible of holding a few rolls of paper!! :)
     
  11. Relay

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    Low....

    What length is that white roll in the picture you posted, pretty much the exact size I am looking for.

    The dj stands would work, as long as they make a straight cross bar for it rather than a truss, I have djed parties before with over 100 lbs of lights on a cross bar with no problems. Whichever stand combo is the cheaper of the options available is probably what I will end up with.
     

  12. 102 inches by 12 yards. Price is only like $40 per roll, and if you take care of your shit you can use your paper for a few good months without haing to flip your roll. After your flip side gets dirty then you gotta tear the dirty part off and start over. A roll will last you a good year and a half to 2 years if you are clean and don't have tooooo much traffic coming in and out. if you're busy then you'd be lucky to have it last a year.

    check here for all different colors (the first couple pages are all the size I use)
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=search&Q=&ci=1395
     
  13. IBeveryoneonOTcopyme :wiggle:
     
  14. Relay

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    man, $26 shipping....i wonder if Calumet stocks that in store, I will have to call them up.
     
  15. yea man paper is no joke! you should have sen the ups man trying to get the shit out of the truck!!!! :rofl:
     
  16. mojito

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    they will and you can order others stuff in. I use to buy 55" rolls all the time, but now I have room for 9'
     
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    oh and it can cost 100-150 to ship a 12' roll from B&H
     
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    Thanks guys for the help. I have searched around some of the stores here. I took the idea of the fabric store and found some stuff that seemed nice. Have the wife sew a hole and run a rod through it and hang it from the ceiling. That was one idea I had. Thought that paper seems good aswell and I will look into that :big grin:
     
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    I went and had a look at your site (sukistyle). You do some nice work. You mentioned the background paper and not to get the really cheap one. For a basic, inhome type of thing what would you recommend off that page? Remember, I am not doing anything like what you have, just doing some personal shots at home of the wife and her girlfriend mostly. And, is there a better colour choice for the shots that I will be taking? The people I photograph are fair skinned.



    Thanks
     
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  20. For me personally I can make any color work with all people. I put black people on black paper and pasty pale people on white paper all the time, just to mix things up. I guess it all comes down to your lighting, what kind of lights will you be using?

    I from that link I would recommend anything that is at least 105 inches long, but that's almost 9foot. it's pretty big, if you don't have a room dedicated to pictures maybe you should get the cheaper paper if you do like the paper idea. But the problem with the cheaper paper is that the roll you get will be about 1/4 the size of the roll I posted in the shot of my setup. But for $20/roll it's not bad, you could tear off sheets and layer them so make a big roll probably.

    I might also suggest muslin. Muslin is easier to manage and not heavy at all, but it is easy get it messed up if you don't take care of it and it can get abit expensive. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=search&Q=&ci=4899

    or you could easily just go down to the fabric store and pick up some velour :dunno:
     
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    Yeah, I was looking at the fabric store option. The thing is, I live in a SMALL apartment (about 650sq ft), so there is not a lot of room. So this is just something that I would do for fun. I am not looking at a career or submitting photos to anything, just casual stuff at home with friends. I just have gotten tired of having a couch in the background or dirty dishes or a homer doll (see attached photos). As for lighting, I have not used anything special. I just use the simple apartment lights. LOL :( I am a student, so I don't have a lot of money, hence why I said I am going the DIY route.


    Anyway, to give you some ideas of the types of shots I am doing, here are a few that I have taken.

    http://www.hostatlantis.com/1.jpg
    http://www.hostatlantis.com/2.jpg
    http://www.hostatlantis.com/3.jpg
    http://www.hostatlantis.com/4.jpg
    http://www.hostatlantis.com/5.jpg
    http://www.hostatlantis.com/6.jpg
     
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  22. mojito

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    apt lights :noes:

    go to home depot, get a set of halogen work lights, 500 or 1000 watts on a stand for like $30. Then get a sheet and hang it in front (not touching though)

    much better and more controlable lgiht source. apt lights would look like shit
     

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