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Old Feb 21, 2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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Default A few head shots of cute little girl

On Saturday, I took some head shots of a cute young lady. I actually made a new backdrop to see if I could and it worked out okay. Any comments and helpful critique is welcome,

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First two are just using my plain white backdrop,
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Next two are with my new backdrop I made last week,
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i actually prefer the ones with the new backdrop and also number 4 from the set
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Thanks Simple.

I am liking the new backdrop too. This one was only 6x9 but now I feel ambitious enough to tackle a larger size.

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All four shots are good but do like the one with the brown backdrop best.

Now, are you going to tell and show us how you made the backdrop?
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All four shots are good but do like the one with the brown backdrop best.

Now, are you going to tell and show us how you made the backdrop?
Thanks Calicajun.

I didn't get any photos of my little project but it turned out easier than I expected.
Materials
I bought a 6x9 (almost) canvas drop cloth and a bottle of Elmer's glue from Home Depot.
Also bought a bottle of navy blue RIT liquid dye from Wal-Mart.
I already had some old rollers and some left over paint at home that i figured I could use.
Total cost (without the paint) was around $15 dollars.

Putting it together
Wednesday
I washed the drop cloth in washer.
Put the dye, some water, and a little salt in a container and stuck the drop cloth in overnight and the next day.

Thursday
Next night I hung the cloth up outside to let it dry for a full day,

Friday
Next night I laid it down other drop cloths in the basement and looked through my old paint cans.
I wanted some blue but only found grey, green, brown, and orange.
I read online that if you add some Elmer's glue to the paint it would bond to the canvas better. That might be foolishness but I figured I would try it - couldn't hurt right?
Just poured some brown in the roller thing and added a little glue and stirred, then just dabbed the roller around on the canvas then partially smoothed it out trying to get most of the brown off the roller.
Poured some green into same container and used same roller and dabbed on another color.
Finally added a littel gray here and there on top of the others and let it dry overnight.

Sat Morning
Took a couple test shots and decided I needed a little more color so grabbed some orange and added a few highlights.
Then hung it up to dry and waited for the little lady to show up around noon.

It was not a bad project and now I am thinking of buying a larger cloth and doing it all over again. Hopefully I can use both the front and back for different colors.

Now - How long will this last? I don't know but the online ads I looked at had backdrops from $100 on up to $700 or more for the larger ones so I'll take my chances. One thing the canvas with the paint is MUCH heavier than the plain muslin (white in other photos) or dyed versions I have tried. But I think it may be worth it.
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Old Feb 22, 2011, 3:00 PM   #6
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Going to have to try making one. Sure bets what I paid at Samys camera for my light blue backdrop and one color doesn't fit everyone.

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Nice! I can't wait until I get such pretty catch lights.
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I really like number 3. You did a great job of capturing her essence and I especially love the little kid teeth. That is a must and a part of growing up. Well done!
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thanks for the info
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Thanks everyone for looking and the comments.
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