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    Billlee
    Billlee  85531 forum posts England
    7 Jun 2011 - 7:55 PM

    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.

    Bill.

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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.

    NevP
    NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Jun 2011 - 8:09 PM

    Vinyl would probably be best.

    Coleslaw
    Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Jun 2011 - 8:15 PM

    Maybe something like this?

    AnthonyM
    AnthonyM  9388 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Jun 2011 - 1:38 AM

    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. Smile Smile

    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.

    Last Modified By AnthonyM at 8 Jun 2011 - 1:38 AM
    Billlee
    Billlee  85531 forum posts England
    9 Jun 2011 - 7:34 PM

    Thanks everyone for your advice.
    Much appreciated.


    Bill.

    Dunstrumming
    9 Jun 2011 - 9:37 PM

    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 Grin

    Last Modified By Dunstrumming at 9 Jun 2011 - 9:37 PM
    digicammad
    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Jun 2011 - 8:13 AM

    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.

    Ian

    peati
    peati  5 Scotland
    10 Jun 2011 - 8:52 AM

    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.

    digicammad
    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Jun 2011 - 9:15 AM

    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.

    Sus
    Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Jun 2011 - 3:21 PM

    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.

    Coleslaw
    Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Jun 2011 - 3:58 PM

    Yes, I have, Sus. Takes a bit to fold it back (watched clips on youtube). But works fine.

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315387 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Jun 2011 - 5:52 PM


    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.

    Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 10 Jun 2011 - 5:55 PM
    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72276 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Jun 2011 - 8:18 PM

    I have 2 Bessel vinyl BG's - good vfm and good customer service.

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