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p.1 #1 · Looking for a gray/black portable/collapsible backdrop?


Hi,

I am looking for some suggestions for portable backdrops for single portraits(usually half-lengths)

I am looking for a collapsible backdrop similar to this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/541110-REG/Impact_BGC_BW_57_Collapsible_Background_5.html

Has anyone used this backdrop or can recommend something else. I played around witht he Impact backdrop at BH and it was a little wrinkly on the white side.

I was shooting some headshots with some gray seamless the other day and liked the results. I guess I could just underlight the white background to make it more gray but not sure if it will look the same.

I don't have a lot of room in my trunk to carry a seamless or large background and do not have an assistant to carry my lights so I'm trying to keep it light.

Please let me know what you use?





Oct 06, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Gregg Heckler
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p.1 #2 · Looking for a gray/black portable/collapsible backdrop?


There is also Lastolite and Westcott. Both are high quality and easy to use. Both have 2 sizes. But you are not going to find a collapsible background without a few wrinkles. You just need to get your subject far enough away from it or use a little Gausian blur or negative Clarity.


Oct 06, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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p.1 #3 · Looking for a gray/black portable/collapsible backdrop?


pjny wrote:
I am looking for some suggestions for portable backdrops for single portraits(usually half-lengths)... Has anyone used this backdrop or can recommend something else. ...I don't have a lot of room in my trunk to carry a seamless or large background and do not have an assistant to carry my lights so I'm trying to keep it light.


I use the Westcott X-Drop. It's a little different than what you linked to though. It has a metal frame you set up and then there's a stretchy 5' X 7' fabric you attach to the frame. The stretching takes care of most wrinkles, although a few can still remain. You can get extra fabric in different colors that don't take up much more space, and the whole thing takes down and fits into a small carrying case.

Other than the green, white, and black fabrics they also have a number of patterned fabrics, but no plain gray. It wouldn't be too hard to make one, though; you should be able to get suitable fabric and grommets at a fabric store.

Here's a link:

http://fjwestcott.com/product-category/photo-basics/photo-basics-backdrops/x-drop-backdrops/

Here's a shot showing the X-Drop, with the chromakey green fabric, in my studio. You'd actually shoot from the other side, of course; this was just to show the frame.








Oct 06, 2013 at 11:56 PM





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