Paper Roll Backdrop issue

Started Jan 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Barrie Davis
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Re: Paper Roll Backdrop issue

photokandi wrote:

Barrie Davis wrote:

Yes, that is typical with a light as harsh as a beauty dish, although the smoothness may improve somewhat if left to hang in position to 'settle' for a couple of days. This "tempering"allows the moisture content of the paper to equalise with that of the air in the shooting space. For this reason you should store your seamless paper where you do your shooting, if possible.

To get something smoother straight off, you wil need softer light(s) than a beauty dish.

But don't panic about it.

With your subject in front, there will be much less of the background to see. Also, when the subject's lights go on, their spill will act as "fill" for the texture you are seeing in the background.

Additional hint: To keep you paper smooth, always wind it really TIGHT on the roll before taping, and store it UPRIGHT to prevent it developing a curve.

I hope this helps.

Cheers Baz,

I was hoping it was something like that. I will give it a few days & see how it is then. If it does not improve would you be tempted to contact the supplier?

In 50 years of using seamless background paper (that's about as long as it has been around) I have only needed to send one roll back for being faulty. It was unevenly dyed.

Another was damaged in transit. The box had been stressed downwards in the middle and upwards at the ends, which mistreatment had produced two distinct kinks in every coil, amounting to dozens running in a line up the centre of the paper when unwound.

Apart those two occasions, I have no problems, and consider the paper you have to be of pretty good merchantable quality as it stands (hangs). Unless I'm losing my touch (!!) it will be fine when in use in a couple of days time.

Also, if it is arranged in a SWEEP with your subject standing on it, on the floor, the curve itself will tend to tension it, and so smooth it, too.

Get back here if you need further reassurance.

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