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Help - Portable background

Hi, does anyone have any recommendations for a portable background system for portraits?

I am looking at the lastolite and photsel pop ups with black and white trains atm.

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Re: Help - Portable background

Personally I use either a black piece of material (2x2M) or a double bed white sheet. My camera club has, amongst others, an orangish camouflage back drop which is nice once and then all too obvious. At work we use roll up backdrops, usually white or grey, occasionally black. Most useful items, gaffer tape and bulldog clips. Meaning to treat myself to a frame (2 uprights and a bar) for fixing the backdrop to.
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Re: Help - Portable background

Personally:

2 x light stand from amazon 8 ish each
1 x black 1.8x2.8 backdrop again 8ish
1 x white 1.8x2.8 backdrop again 8ish
1 x old extendible clothes rail that a friend was throwing out 0

drilled out the rail so that it slotted over the end of the light stands, nut on top to hold in place.

1 x extendible width and height backdrop frame

backdrops worked out at about 4 each as the company fulfilled the order twice by mistake
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Re: Help - Portable background

2 x Plasterers ceiling supports 8-15 from good toolshops.
I x Fibreglass fishing pole ( ex scrapyard )
Plastic clips to hold material.
Various pattern backdrops all from Charity shops and edged by other half.
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Re: Help - Portable background

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Hi, does anyone have any recommendations for a portable background system for portraits?

I am looking at the lastolite and photsel pop ups with black and white trains atm.

TIA

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Hi I've used various sizes of Lasto-lites over the years, mostly for bounce as opposed to backgrounds. They are very good, one piece of advice though, if you go for a larger one, find a remote place where nobody can see you and practice folding it back down and putting it in the bag. There is a knack to it and if you haven't mastered it it can create hours of fun for onlookers.

Cheers John.
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Re: Help - Portable background

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one piece of advice though, if you go for a larger one, find a remote place where nobody can see you and practice folding it back down and putting it in the bag. There is a knack to it and if you haven't mastered it it can create hours of fun for onlookers.

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