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Old 07-20-2005, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of bedsheet should I use for a background--Satin or Egyptian Cotton? Just kidding, Jeff.

I'm looking for the lightweight fabric is used in so many artistic nudes. The nudes that are typically done on a sand dune with white fabric blowing in the wind...What is that stuff?
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Just go to a big Fabric store and look for something soft and sheer...

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Old 07-20-2005, 02:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can't wait to go to the fabric store and ask the old ladies behind the counter what fabric a naked woman would look good in! Maybe I'll wait until I go back to my home town which is very conservative to try this.
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One of the first things you'll discover at the fabric store is that there are a lot of younger women buying fabric and stuff ... and you may even run into another photographer or two. The second thing you'll discover is that most of the fabric come in 48* or 54" widths, so ... unless you're good with a sewing maching (like me) I have another suggestion for your sheer fabric search -- I found some great material, in wide widths, in the curtain department of Target and Walmart.

I wanted to build a big diffusion panel to use when I'm stuck shooting outside during the midday sun. I build a large PVC frame using 1" PVC pipe I got at Home Depot. Then I stretched a sheer curtain over the frame (the best new here is that the sheet curtains come with a top and bottom channel already sewn in them). Works like a charm!

Hope this helps!
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Try for organza or chiffon.
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There is a type that I think is called gossamer. Very sheer and very shiny. It's a tad pricey but it looks great. Absolutely awesome as a background especially if you throw a colored light on it. Perfect for glamour, headshots and nudes.
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steve, killer effect with the night light, how did you shoot it.
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hey thanks, I was using a large photoflex soft box, nothing tricky...

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