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Toby01 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2012Fri 16-Aug-13 04:43 PM
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"Backdrop question"


El Sobrante, US
          

I am just starting to try studio pet portraits and I have a question about something I haven't seen discussed anywhere: how do you get a muslin backdrop to hang and rest on the floor without lots of small creases? Do you stretch it out and weight all the edges? If so, how? any suggestions gratefully acepted. Thanks.

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberFri 16-Aug-13 10:00 PM
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I use a steam "ïron" to get rid of the wrinkles.
The other thing is to get the subject not too close to it.

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jherrel Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2007Sat 17-Aug-13 03:13 AM
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Elgin, US
          

I use a steamer. The type that works with fabric that is hanging. You don't use an ironing board. I got mine at Bead Bath & Beyond.
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Toby01 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2012Sat 17-Aug-13 06:03 PM
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El Sobrante, US
          

Thanks for the replies. I don't have too much trouble with the portion of the backdrop behind my subject because I use a large aperture and position the subject as far away from the backdrop as I can. I'm more concerned with the floor part. Since I'm shooting dogs, the backdrop laying on the floor is unavoidable in the image.

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hujiie Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Apr 2009Sat 17-Aug-13 08:04 PM
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Use spray starch and iron it. That is far effective than steaming.

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Nola Nikon Team Member Nikonian since 13th Nov 2008Sun 18-Aug-13 03:33 PM
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GNO, US
          

Better yet, chuck the muslin and get one of the newer materials that don't have the problem. Photo Pie is one of my favorite vendors for that and they have a lot of variety.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sun 18-Aug-13 05:45 PM
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Hi Brian,

I use a fabric steamer as well.

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dboys Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jan 2014Sun 05-Jan-14 12:39 PM
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Hope, US
          

Wrinkle-free backdrops at http://backdrops.whcc.com/products/vantage-point.

Don

  

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I use a steamer as well.

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Jim Sack Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Jul 2008Mon 06-Jan-14 12:47 PM
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Ballston Spa, US
          

Arrica Dorff, a well known pet photographer in Las Vegas, also recommends White House Custom Color for their wrinkle free backdrops. I'm a pet photographer in upstate NY but I shoot on location.

Just out of curiosity, do you have the pets sit on the floor? Having them on a sofa or ottoman may address your problem as well.

Jim
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I used a steamer for the muslin backgrounds.

Then, I taped the extension area to the floor (where people or pets would stand or sit). That extension area would stay relatively free from wrinkles if the subjects didn't slide around on it too much.

For pets, I usually posed them on a crate with another muslin draped over it. If wrinkles were a problem when shooting a low-key shot with a white background, I would extract the subject in photoshop and increase the exposure of the background to make it totally white. That also solves the problem of an uneven background light.

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