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A black background design..will it work ?
Old 06-07-2006, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just thinking about this setup and I need some input from everyone. My idea is to make a black background that I can use in my garage for a few shoots. I want to keep it simple and easy to take down. Maybe there is a better way but this is what I was thinking. 3 sheets of plywood painted black..should it be flat black ? I know this is not the best drawing but it will do for this post I hope.
So will this work or will I need to do something else ? If there is an easyer way to do this please let me know.
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Re: A black background design..will it work ?
Old 06-07-2006, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how about using 1/4" gatorfoam for the walls
and matte black paint on fiberboard for the floor?

that plywood gonna be heavy...
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Old 06-07-2006, 06:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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how about using 1/4" gatorfoam for the walls
and matte black paint on fiberboard for the floor?
that plywood gonna be heavy...
Hi Stu
What is gator foam ? Do you mean styrofome board ?
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Re: A black background design..will it work ?
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gatorfoam is a much tougher and stiffer type of foamcore. Its a laminate with a hard foam core, it will not bend very much it will snap in half. Foamcore will bend in half without snapping.

google it.
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gatorfoam is a much tougher and stiffer type of foamcore. Its a laminate with a hard foam core, it will not bend very much it will snap in half. Foamcore will bend in half without snapping.
google it.

I did a google right after I saw your post about it. I like the idea of it but I have to find a place around here that sells it..

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Re: A black background design..will it work ?
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I would think you need 2, 4foot sections in the back unless you are only
going to shoot verticals 2 flat at back would be 8 foot and the two angled
on the ends say 45 deg would give you a 12 foot back drop just right for
a garage studio. Good Luck with it.
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Re: A black background design..will it work ?
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Art stores carry it or can order it for you in 48x96 sheets
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If you can't get the gator board, I would suggest that you look into 4'x8' sheets of MDF. It paints very well and should not be too expensive. Or build up a frame for masonite the paint that black.
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I wouldn't use MDF. It's extremely heavy and prone to swelling if it get moist. The gator-foam is the best that I've been looking for with the right density and weight. Stadard foam-core works well and is light weight, but prone to surface scratches tearing the surface. I wouldn't think of using anything else since I work on my stuff by myself and the weight issues with the wood products would be a problem.
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Why not just get black foamcore. It's lite and flat black. You can get it in 4 ft x 8 ft sheets at an art supply. Better yet get a soft black cloth background from Denny Mfg. It just stufs in a bag and sucks up all of the light.

http://www.dennymfg.com/cgi-bin/shop...rchResult.html
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