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Offline RevConwell

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Backdrop for Portraits Ideas
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:34:45 PM »
Hey folks, I guess you say this is a DIY project that I am developing and I'm a bit stumped on. 

Our church is getting ready to have a festival to celebrate Easter, and one of the things we are offering families is a FREE family portrait photograph (with yours truly) that we will send to them digitally (hi-res) and they can print, order, etc., all they want from wherever they want.  My question is this -- I have been racking my brain trying to think of something to use as a backdrop for the photos.  Now, money is not a huge constraint but to be honest I would really like to this cheaper (vice spending a lot), but I am TOTALLY without ideas for a backdrop.

I've thought about a bed-sheet, a curtain, etc., but all of those seem really cheap and well ... don't honestly make for a tremendous background for a family photo.  We really need to TRY to do this indoors, but I guess outdoors isn't totally out of the question either provided it's a nice day and the sun will cooperate.  Any ideas?

Thanks y'all. 
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Offline armychris

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Re: Backdrop for Portraits Ideas
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 04:45:24 PM »
I would go to a fabric store or hobby lobby, they have great fabric that is cheap. but i look at the ones on clearance. that would be my thought.

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Re: Backdrop for Portraits Ideas
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 04:48:14 PM »
I bought a 10x15' piece of white muslin fabric from a local fabric store for $20. Clamp it to your backdrop stand/pull it tight on whatever you're mounting it on, then spray it down with a water spray bottle and give it 30 minutes to dry, when it dries it looks like it's been ironed.
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Re: Backdrop for Portraits Ideas
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013, 04:49:31 PM »
I bought a 10x15' piece of white muslin fabric from a local fabric store for $20. Clamp it to your backdrop stand/pull it tight on whatever you're mounting it on, then spray it down with a water spray bottle and give it 30 minutes to dry, when it dries it looks like it's been ironed.

that is really nice to know

Offline drzenitram

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Re: Backdrop for Portraits Ideas
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2013, 04:54:09 PM »
I bought a 10x15' piece of white muslin fabric from a local fabric store for $20. Clamp it to your backdrop stand/pull it tight on whatever you're mounting it on, then spray it down with a water spray bottle and give it 30 minutes to dry, when it dries it looks like it's been ironed.

that is really nice to know

I think it has to do with the fabric being so thin, but you do have to pull it tight, it won't work well if it's slack
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Re: Backdrop for Portraits Ideas
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2013, 10:23:46 AM »
Thanks folks, I really appreciate the advice and suggestions!   
"The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death."
- Proverbs 14:27