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Collapsible Backdrop for Portraits

miptog 12 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2010 5:21PM
Looking for a collapsible backdrop for portraits. Something that is large enough to to 3/4 length, and which can be used both in landscape and portrait format. Would also like to get pure black and pure white from it. Was thinking grey was the best choice. An suggestions or recommendations please.


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Miles Herbert Plus
15 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2010 5:33PM
Are you sure that you want collapsible ones? I have a full length white/black and a full length cloudy grey sat in my garage where they have been since I started using paper rolls ... I much prefer the paper rolls... lol, none of that trying to wrestle your background back into it's bag in front of bemused customers!

... so ... if anyone lives near Bournemouth and wants some pop up backgrounds at a reasonable price .....

(In answer to your question ... if I were just buying one background it would be grey ... but if I had the choice I would have at least one white, one black and one grey just to start with as it's much easier to get pure white, or pure black using the right coloured backgrounds. The grey is the most versatile, and it can be fun playing with coloured gels on them as well.)

scottishphototours 13 2.6k 2
2 Jul 2010 6:34PM
Lastolite do a white/black reversible collapsible background with a train which is ideal for 3/4 shots.

Think its about 7 feet tall by 12 feet long with train. See their website...
shaz4 12 26 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2010 9:48PM
Collapsible backgrounds are great ....if you can fold the bloody things up.....
I had a Lastolite reversable one with the train,was about 7 foot tall..I'm 5 foot nowt....It was a picture in itself watching me struggle with it.
I could do it but practically had to lay myself over it so I could grab either side to twist it and just shut my eyes and pray it didn't flip the opposite way or I would have probably gone out a window..Smile
It went the way of lots of things....ebay....
I would love a smaller one but am scared to buy another in case it doesn't behave...Smile

3 Jul 2010 9:55PM
I have just found myself laughing out loud making a mental picture of people struggling with their collapsible backgounds. I know what they mean. I only have a small one (background that is) and just when I think I have managed to fold it right it pings back open either taking parts of my face off, or scaring the dogs into a mad frenzy out of the room......... Paper rolls everytime !
brian1208 Plus
14 11.2k 12 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2010 9:58PM

Quote:I could grab either side to twist it and just shut my eyes and pray it didn't flip the opposite way or I would have probably gone out a window

hilarious aren't they, get it wrong and you can end up packed into the case they come in as well!

I can fold mine so long as I don't think about how to do it. Someone at the club asked me to show them how I did it - total farce ensued, it was like fighting a giant squid. As they turned and walked away laughing it meekly folded away without a problem! Smile
3 Jul 2010 10:04PM
I have got tears in my eyes reading these experiences, and TOTALLY know what you all mean
chelynnah 6 2
26 Sep 2011 1:57PM
@ Miles Herbert - I know it was over a year ago you put your post up, but I've just seen it and the site won't let me PM you till I've been a member a month. If you see this and still have those collapsible backdrops I would be very interested.

Maybe you can pm me?

Miles Herbert Plus
15 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 9:57AM
Sorry Chelynnah, someone took them off my hands a few days after the original post.
chelynnah 6 2
27 Sep 2011 8:53PM
No worries, I knew it was a long shot Smile Thanks for responding.
Bucephalas69 9 279 Wales
27 Sep 2011 8:59PM
The Lastolite Highlight backdrop is a very versatile product. It can be used freestanding or suspended from a background support.
Whilst it does have a black side, it's not that suitable for low key. I use a velvet pop-up with it that gives a lovely pure black and can be clipped to the highlite.

Don't worry about folding it either, once it's done once it's simples!
dan3008 6 15 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2011 4:17PM
I actually made a backdrop like this, only with a colapable wooden frame, Its only cost me about 20, including fabric for the backdrop. If youre not sure exactally where to start google. Or if anyone wants to PM me I'm in the prosess of writing a tutorial (unless I find one online before i'm done)
Paul Morgan 16 18.8k 6 England
28 Sep 2011 4:20PM
Cheap roller blinds can be good.

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