DIY Artsy Backdrop -- have you made one ?

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Ed Shapiro
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Re: DIY Artsy Backdrop -- have you made one ?

flyinglentris wrote:

Kumsa wrote:

Because I have a birthday coming up, I thought I'd suggest a DIY backdrop project to one of my grown kids. The backdrop doesn't have to be larger than what is needed for 3/4 portraits (but bigger can be useful, too).

So, the question is strictly, "have you done a DIY backdrop and do you have any lessons-learned or recommendations ?"

Thanks !

Let me put forth an alternate idea for you.

Use a Bone White Back Drop and create transparencies which you will then use as filters in a light to paint the backdrop with a custom background.

I can't believe it hasn't been done already and it would make your project even more interesting because you'd have to create the transparent filters. It would allow you to be more accurate than just painting a background and there'd be no risk of wasting backdrop paper. You could use photos or Adobe Illustrator/Corel Draw to create some pattern or design more efficiently and with better finesse.

It may be possible to use an inkjet or other printer to print on transparencies or acetate sheets. Check out these sites ...

https://smallbusiness.chron.com/create-transparency-projector-29936.html

http://www.billymabrey.com/tutorials/Making-an-Inkjet-Transparency

https://goboprojectorrental.com/2013/08/can-i-use-a-plastic-gobo-or-transparency-gobo/

All you have to do is scale the printout to the size of your studio light source filter holder. Whether you should run as a continuous light source or whether it can be done with flash, I'm not sure at present.

Thinking about it you might want to use a transparent background drop and paint it from behind with your filtered light source.

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Front and rear projection, projecting patterns and " cookies" with a condenser or optical spotlight , colored gels and much more are nothing new and are time-honored methods in background creation and management.  Then there is green screen.  All of these methodologies require special equipment, screens, retroreflective materials, special scrims and knowledge of the technical mystery of each.

I have utilized some of these methods in commercial work.  Some of these are rather cumbersome in portraiture while some are applicable.

Ed Shapiro- Commercial and Portrait Photographer. Ottawa, Ontario Canada

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