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Old 02-26-2006, 01:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a shoot coming up and would like to avoid the standard backdrops. I've bought some corrugated metal to try, and I've read where some have used vinyl flooring too.

Does anyone have some examples of these or other inventive ( or cheap ) backgrounds that you'd care to share ?

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Old 02-26-2006, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here are few ideas I did, see what you like.

Bamboo rug - $5.00 (because there was a scratch on it) Reg $30


Two pool rafts - $2.50 each


Piece of background paper folded


Two pieces of 4' x 8' insulation - $11.00 each


Hope that helps.
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What bamboo rug? hehehe All I see is a gorgeous babe in a bikini!!

Good day!

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I like how you take ordinary items and turn them into amazing backgrounds. I may take a page from your book and start looking for materials to make unique backgrounds.

BTW - a girl in a red bikini is always a crowd pleaser. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Great ideas ! LOVE the raft. That's sooooo cool.
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I was nosing around home depot a few days ago and found they now have wall panels in some interesting styles. I bought a couple that are supposed to look like stainless tile. They've got one that looks like leather. Hmmmmm.
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One inexpensive background material is just various fabrics. You have to pay a bit of attention to avoid fabrics that wrinkle too much (or keep an iron or steamer handy!), but fabrics may be found fairly inexpensively. They also are very portable.

There are thrift stores that get the usual run of sheets, bedspreads, curtains, etc. and resell them for a few dollars. In summer, yard sales and flea markets are good sources. Even a twin size sheet is plenty big enough for portrait work.

One nearby thrift store apparently gets the remnants from some sort of tailor shop. I've found large pieces of a variety of colorful fabric (a minimum of 6 feet by 8 feet) for under $3.00 per piece, half that on sale days.

If there aren't any thrift stores or flea markets nearby, head for the nearest large fabric stores. They may have roll end remnants at good prices.

One advantage of fabrics is that they can be used in a variety of ways; hung on a wall, laid out on a floor, draped over an ugly hotel couch, as an instant dress for the model, etc. The other advantage is that they are very lightweight and portable. In a pinch, a few thumbtacks can convert a wall into a nice background.

There is an amazing variety of fabric available in various weights, finishes, colors, patterns, etc. You really don't need to finish the edges by sewing hems, but it'll make the material less likely to fray.

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This shot of Linda Ann was made on a really hideous striped yellow and green hotel room sofa using a piece of polyester (no wrinkle) brown fabric about 6 feet by 8 feet as an instant slip cover.

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