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    Muslin Backgrounds or Other for Portraits For Travel

    I have the 2 Lt stands and the Cross bar to hang any kind of background. Not sure which is the best one to use to Go Portable to Clients home and with minimum to No wrinkles. Sometimes I need a white background and other times a Masters Colored one and whatever else I would like to use. trying to find the Best fabric that I can transport and less wrinkles. I have several clamps to hold the material and pull it tight to get the wrinkles out. Thank you

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    Re: Muslin Backgrounds or Other for Portraits For Travel

    Have not tried this particular type, but have purchased Denny backdrops for many years:
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    Re: Muslin Backgrounds or Other for Portraits For Travel

    David Mahue ( great backdrops! They come in a variety of materials. Generally, muslin can be folded, but requires an iron or steam to mitigate wrinkles. Canvas can be rolled, but needs to be transported in a tube equal to the width to keep the integrity of the canvas from wrinkles.There's also the option of "pop up" backdrops such as Lastolite that can be folded into a circle for easy transport. Personally, I love heavy muslin/canvas as they lay nicely on a floor with no taping required and add so much character, wrinkles and all!
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    Re: Muslin Backgrounds or Other for Portraits For Travel

    David Maheu makes great backdrops on higher quality muslin material. You will pay more for better quality backdrops, but the quality shows. Cheap muslins look "cheap" and do not photograph well. A good muslin backdrop will wear well and actually gets softer with use. Wrinkles are really not much of an issue. The best approach if you are worried about wrinkles is to simply move your subject away from the backdrop. The depth of field will nicely blur the background and wrinkles fade away. This is an earlier portrait I posted earlier. It is an old David Maheu backdrop, and one of my favorites. It actually has a lot of wrinkles but I really don't see anything to be concerned with here. No steamer. No need to pull a muslin tight. I have many David Maheu backdrops. Make sure to look at the (Tim) Kelly classics line.

    For high key using a white backdrop----use strobes to light for high key as normal about a stop over subject exposure and there won't be any wrinkles.


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