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Old 03-24-2005, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone ever experiment with painting your own your muslins,backgrounds, etc?
would be interesting to hear some takes on creating your own backgrounds.
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Old 03-24-2005, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone ever experiment with painting your own your muslins,backgrounds, etc?
would be interesting to hear some takes on creating your own backgrounds.
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I have not personally. But, when I was taking some college photo courses, they brought in a guy that specialized in that. Basically amounted to him putting down a base coat with a paint roller, then slinging paint all over it in whatever pattern he felt like. He used his hands, brushes, etc. to sling the paint. About half the class liked it when he finished. I didn't care much for the end result.
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Re: Muslins
Old 03-24-2005, 02:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just to add a bit to this for conversations sake..and Ideas...what is the Oddest thing you have ever used for a background or a prop? would love to hear some unique ideas.
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Old 03-24-2005, 02:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My opinion, muslins look "old style". In addition, some patterns distract me from a models's features.

My choice would be plain, seamless paper for backgrounds. At a recent workshop, Dennis Klein showed the class how you can even use dark black paper and color it any color you want with gels over the flash.

I read that there are programs that offer an limitless styles of backgrounds with layers. I use Elements 3 and made my own background and can color it any shade that I feel fits the model. Arielle Lee below was shot with a white background. I felt the grey was a good transition to her jet black hair.




With Flor, I just added a hole in the center to look like a spot backlight.

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Re: Muslins
Old 03-24-2005, 03:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For Glamour definitly..but Im shooting old school portaits too....so was just sharing ideas. But at 40.00 a roll I see your point!! I have alot of requests for CHEESECAKE photos, and they like the softer look of materials.
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Old 03-24-2005, 05:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've made a couple of muslin backgrounds myself, using some tie-dying techniques as well as just painting on concentrated dyes. I bought the muslin at a fabric store, and washed it in hot water to attempt to pre-shrink it. I prepared concentrated fabric dyes, three or four fold the recommended strength. Still wet, I laid it on the lawn and - using sponges, brushes, and help from my pre-teen sons - painted abstract pattern-less color blocks. I used several shades of blue, purple and some black. I let it dry in the back yard, then washed the thing in cold water with a pint of vinegar (in what was probably a vain attempt to help fix the dye). It looked much crisper before the washing.

This is a crappy image of a very pretty woman, but it does show the background.


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some \"old style\" muslin shots
Old 03-24-2005, 07:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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maybe its not what you use but how you style it... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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Re: Cheap Muslins
Old 03-24-2005, 07:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Very soon now Adorama will be launching a new series of muslins, both typical painted and scenic backgrounds at prices less than half of the price of the lowest price muslins currently available. I have been testing them and can't see any difference between them lots more exspensive models. If you are wondering when they wil be available, send me an e-mail (joefarace@comcast.com) and I'll pass it along to Adorama.

My point, is might be cheaper to buy than make one, but some people are more handier with stuff like than than I am.

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Re: some \"old style\" muslin shots
Old 03-24-2005, 07:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Stu!! now thats what Im talking bout!! WOW!!!! nice!!!!! and not on paper!!!
I love it!!! not that I have anything against paper...heck after all it is more affordable and wrinkle free. But those are great!! Nicely done!
if I can only get to that level!! maybe some day!
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm with Mr. Ford on the way I've done muslins backgrounds. It's cheap, its a heck of a lot of fun and you may be suprised with the results you get. As I change mine around I've sold several of them to friends and have been asked where I purchased them from fellow shooters. Give it a try you may just have to much fun with it!
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