Auzigog 2:13am, 20 February 2008
I'm looking to pick up a decently sized background of some sort. I don't have a studio to put it in, so it needs to be somewhat portable.

Do you guys have any suggestions about what kind of material to buy and where to purchase it at?
I would check out Ebay and avomina(sp?) and

should keep you in cloth backgrounds with out breaking the bank if you watch teh group buys and the auctions.
Whoowl 10 years ago
Canvas can be sort of heavy, so ordering online might cost you in shipping. ProPhoto Supply has stuff in stock that is reasonably priced. There is another place on Macadam called "Camera Solutions" or something that mainly sells camera parts, and they might have things cheaper then a more retail place.

Right now I am in the process of painting some white canvas curtains I got at Ikea. About 6x9 feet each, and come in packs of two for $15. Add a couple half gallons and you have cheap backdrops with loops to easily attach to stuff.
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
Do the IKEA canvas curtains have seams like the home depot drop cloth?
umbra photo 10 years ago
Good luck with that! I thought I'd save some money doing the same thing a couple of years ago. What a total disaster. Not only was it a pain in the ass but also a total mess and it turned out horrible. I just through mine away yesterday.
LukeOlsen PRO 10 years ago
@metakephoto: Where did you get yours from; the one I used at the Strobist meetup?
helpful volleyball [deleted] 10 years ago
I just saw on Strobists a video on backgrounds...not really portable in my opinion though. check it out.
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
@PhotoInference: The black velour is from Pro Photo Supply and they sell it buy the yard (i believe $6 a yard) and my red crushed velvet puppet stage is from Joanne Fabrics.
mrjonathanpotter 10 years ago
The fine folks over at MPEX have their Savage paper backgrounds on sale right now...or some of them at least:,100.html
I'm thinking of getting one of the neutral grey 53" backgrounds and seeing how it works...I figure for $20 +shipping it is hard to go wrong...
Whoowl 10 years ago

There are no seams in the ikea curtains (except around the edges). I am curious how they will turn out, but for under $20 it was worth it even if it doesn't turn out great.
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