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Interesting alternative to a backdrop - will it work????
Old 01-18-2005, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some advice if you can spare it....I called a company that sells industrial products and they told me they had a surplus of white, vinyl laminate left over from Desert Storm. They could sell me 8 or 9 by 20ft. He said it's dark green on one side, white on the other. He also said it's highly reflective, very thick and wipes clean easily. Sounds too good to be true - oh, and total with freight shipping would be $98.00. Because it's surplus it's cheap, if I want other colors it would be 3 or 4 times as much. He'll even put grommets at the top to hang it with. It's heavy but it can roll up too. Is it worth a try???
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It might, depending on what you want to do with it. Normally, "highly reflective" isn't a plus in backgrounds. If you're looking for an all-white background, some cheap muslin from a fabric store would be cheaper, lighter, and nearly as easy to clean (I throw mine in the washer with bleach). The dark green might be OK, but again the reflective characteristic might be a pain, depending on what you want out of it.

Cheap, thin muslin and a couple of lights...
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Re: Interesting alternative to a backdrop - will it work????
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The price is right but it sounds like it might be hard to handle. And I don't see much need for the green side.

BTW, if you want some help with your lighting, bring a model and drive up sometime and I'll make you an expert in a day. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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Old 01-18-2005, 03:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How much of this stuff do these people have? And, more importantly, what's their name, address, phone number and e-mail?
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Larry,

The image you posted I guess is to highlight what can be achieved with muslin and some lights but what is she standing on? Looks very reflective?!

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Yeah, I should have clarified that. It's a sheet of paneling available at Home Depot. It's very thin and somewhat flexible. It appears to be the paneling people use for dry-erase boards. It's a 4x8 sheet and it costs about $11. I use it because if you're using white muslin like this you'll never get the wrinkles out of the material around the model's feet and it'll be obvious she's standing on cloth. The rear edge just disappears on it's own. Pretty neat.
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I think this would be awesome for making a cove of sort with. Then you could lay whatever "over" it to give a new color (i.e. muslin, paper, etc). Point being, instead of taking this up and down...leave it it up and put "whatever" up over it. Similar to a cove.

Do you have any contact info that you could maybe pass on. PM me if you'd rather.
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Hey Paul,
I'll be up tomorrow! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Seriously, if your offer is for real - let me know when you have some time..
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Here's the info. on the material:

http://alphasourceintl.com/

the contact is Brian Bookbinder. The number directly to him is 1.800.589.7369

I don't know how much he has left but he said it was surplus and he calls it a white vinyl laminate. I wonder if the white can be painted so maybe it's not so reflective. I'm still on the fence about trying it out but if I do - or if anyone else has the guts to try it...keep me posted!
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It's for real. Most weekdays will work. Drop me an email at paul@paulsportraits.com when you see you can come up.

In the meantime, here's a link to JJ Allen's web site. My bible has been his book on studio portrait photography.

JJ Allen

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