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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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.
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.