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I need to purchase a backdrop fairly quickly. I have been asked to photograph a dog show, as well as other animal 'portraits'. I am looking at a grey to dark grey backdrop, but wondered if you can recommend something not wildly expensive and to sum up the pros and cons of cloth or paper as the best for the job.
The set up will probably be in a marquee.
Thanks for your anticipated help.
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For dogs? - neither - paper tears too easily and cloth is a pain and will get ruined if it's soiled by the dogs.
What about a length of vinyl? - you can get them 2.5m wide by any length in a number of colours from Tony Beal Ltd in Glasgow - they also do delivery.
Vinyl would probably be best.
Maybe something like this?
Paper is noisy and some dogs can be way too frightened to walk on it.
I use cloth.
Cloth washes.... generally. I have not had any permanent spots yet, but Photoshop would fix any "issues" should they arrive.
Have to agree, vinyl is best but can be expensive, especially to ship large rolls.
A big concern I've been having is the fact that some animals might unknowingly come with canine influenza!
You pretty much need to boil or bleach the backdrop to kill that stuff.
For that alone, I am looking at vinyl. Much easier to disinfect than cloth.
Thanks everyone for your advice.
You could buy a cheap plain coloured shower curtain from Argos and just drape it or pin it and after just wash it in the sink with a little bleach perhaps ?
Just a thought hope it helps
We made a backdrop for Robbie using heavyweight blackout material. The plasticised coating stops it creasing and it is pretty cheap. We rolled it around a metal curtain pole and hang it from the normal curtain rail when we need it. We made it long enough to drop and then come out along the floor about 6 feet.
Total cost was about £10.
Ikea do vinyl blackout roller blinds at various widths in black white and I think cream.
They range from about £7 to £21 with the largest being about 5ft wide.
The problem with ready made roller blinds (or at least it was when we were looking) is they are never long enough to form a train.
Having had a quick look at Tony Beal and Bessell, the link to the backdrop Cole suggests doesn't look like too bad value. Have you (or anyone else) got that backdrop Cole? Bessell seem cheap but I don't know about the quality.
Yes, I have, Sus. Takes a bit to fold it back (watched clips on youtube). But works fine.
Quote: Having had a quick look at Tony Beal and Bessell, the link to the backdrop Cole suggests doesn't look like too bad value
There`s no background support needed, that in its self is quite a good saving, the cheapest start at £70/80.
I have 2 Bessel vinyl BG's - good vfm and good customer service.
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