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Black Backdrops and You #37414
11/20/11 06:45 AM
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James Morrissey Offline OP
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Hey Folks,

I have a shoot tomorrow, and I was doing my 'before shoot' prep. I am in a bit of a lather because I just cannot get the Samoyed off of my drops! I shot three Sammy's last week of course, it was a hair fest.

So, the 64,000 question - how the heck are you getting it off of your drops without having a conniption?

James

Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: James Morrissey] #37417
11/20/11 08:08 PM
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We simply wash the muslin backdrops. Since we like the crinkly look, there's no ironing involved. Just take them out of the dryer and crumple them into a bag.

Jim


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Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: Jim Garvie] #37418
11/21/11 04:14 AM
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Perchance I need a larger washer then as I cannot get the hair off of them. It is moderately frustrating. IMO, the drops still look filthy - and they were washed twice with an extra cycle.

BTW, I also don't iron drops. I like the textured look. :P

James

Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: James Morrissey] #37421
11/21/11 12:47 PM
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Well, maybe Sammy hair is so much finer than Rottie fur that it just gets interwoven into the fabric itself. How about dry-cleaning -- I know, a little late for that.

On the other hand, if you can get it far enough behind the subject(s), chances are you can fix anything that's visible in PhotoShop pp.

Jim


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Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: Jim Garvie] #37422
11/21/11 01:31 PM
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Hey Jim,

Any idea how much it costs to dry clean two 10x12 foot drops? I imagine it must be expensive. frown Yesterday afternoon, before my shoot (which I used different drops for), we stopped by B&H and look at some velour drops. They look like the fabric may be better for what we are doing. I really would like a micro-suede (like a rich brown) if I could find one.

James

Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: James Morrissey] #37424
11/21/11 08:26 PM
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So, go to JoAnn's and find what you want and have someone sew in a pole pocket. My last 4 backdrops came from JoAnn's and two of them are black velour in different widths. Linda can sew smile.

Jim


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Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: Jim Garvie] #37428
11/21/11 09:01 PM
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Mind if I ask what you are paying per square foot? Is there actually any cost savings, or is it because you are able to customize the drop to exactly what you want?

James

Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: James Morrissey] #37431
11/21/11 11:12 PM
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Depends on what we find when we get to the stores. We have 12 stores within a 10 mile radius of the house and we go bin-hunting and apply our discount coupons -- Linda and RoseAnn both buy a lot of fabric. So we seldom spend more than $5.00/yd for the remnants we buy and if we have to stitch two pieces together, that's not a problem. We drape the backdrop fairly loosely often with folds so you don't see the seams and if you do, we can fix it in PS.

Jim


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Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: Jim Garvie] #37817
12/24/11 01:14 PM
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A couple of years ago I got some 109 or 120 inch wide black muslin for 99 cents a yard at JoAnns.

Re: Black Backdrops and You [Re: psmith] #37824
12/25/11 01:23 PM
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I found an interesting rubber like 'mitt' at Target that seems to work wonders - for 8 bucks. Having said that, I my be about to begin phasing out the muslin for Velour, which is significantly lighter and a bit more hair resistant....

James

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