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    10 Mar 2010 - 10:25 PM

    Can anybody recommend a budget black background that will last more than one amateur home studio shoot with my kids? I'm seeing vinyl backed photography backdrops for about 50ish - is that about the right price or can they be had for less? Having spent a fair bit recently I need to tread lightly around my wife!

    Last Modified By ecowarrior at 10 Mar 2010 - 10:29 PM
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    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315379 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Mar 2010 - 10:46 PM

    A few yards of Velvet, less than a tenner, market, fabric land etc.

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    11 Mar 2010 - 7:04 AM

    Thanks Paul, I'll have a mooch round our market at the weekend.

    11 Mar 2010 - 7:42 AM

    Have had a couple (including plain black) from these guys.

    Very reasonable and well made.


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    arhb e2 Member 72276 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Mar 2010 - 9:55 AM

    I used these people.
    I have wooden batons top and bottom, and keep it rolled up when not in use.
    The collapsible black velvet bg's are worth the extra if you can afford it, as the tension when opened keeps the velvet crease-free.

    12 Mar 2010 - 12:21 PM

    The Sunday markets generally have a good choice of black fabric for a pound a metre.

    I avoid synthetic fibres, and the current background is all-wool coat fabric with a beautiful flat black texture. It weighs a ton so I needed the heavy-duty support poles from Sudio Decor.

    kaybee  103825 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2010 - 2:09 PM

    Is it just me - or are the links not working?

    Carabosse e2 Member 1139452 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2010 - 2:11 PM

    I think it's just you! Wink

    Nick_w e2 Member 73881 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2010 - 2:49 PM

    I used a black sheet from Primark which cost

    Last Modified By Nick_w at 12 Mar 2010 - 2:50 PM
    12 Mar 2010 - 4:20 PM

    If you use velvet you'l get a shine from it - the idea of a cotton/polyester sheet zipped up the top with a sewing machine or even held with pegs will wash v. well. Cost pence really. I've even had a dog pee on mine!Grin

    BigRick  92085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2010 - 6:35 PM

    Asda smart price bed sheets, the non fitted ones,,,, get two and hang them together. 6 for both.

    12 Mar 2010 - 9:34 PM

    At the camera club last night they had two basic set ups using a couple of different types of black material so I've got a rough idea what I'm looking for now. What I DON'T have is any studio lights like they had, so I'm kind of going to have to figure out how to get the best out of my on-camera flash and my SB-600 off-camera. I do have a 5-in-1 reflector/diffuser thingy now. Just got to experiment a bit I think.

    EVENTUALLY when the wife has forgotten the recent purchases, maybe I'll add a couple of proper studio-lights of some sort.

    The results we were getting last night were exactly the kind of affect I'm trying to get when photographing the kids (for example).

    I reckon eventually I'm gonna have more equipment than Lord Snowdon!

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