a good deal, and my DIY backdrop idea

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a good deal, and my DIY backdrop idea

Hi all, not much activity here since Thanksgiving came last week, huh! I just wanted to pop in to show you this link that one of my FB friends sent me, it looks like a pretty good deal for a "starter kit" type bundle....if anyone could use it for Christmas shopping ideas etc.

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=sc_iw_r_2_1_1/?asin=B0047ZJM4Y

Also, I wanted to share something I just thought of and got for my DIY backdrop...after reading so much about people making their own backdrop stands with PVC pipes, I was browsing Amazon one day and saw an adjustable garment rack and realized it's almost the same exact thing and would be perfect for my DIY backdrop stand needs. So I got one at Target tonight. Since mine is adjustable and has 2 bars, I can make it as tall or short as I want it, and it also has an extra 2' worth of horizontal extension at the top if I need my backdrop to be wider. I haven't tried an actual backdrop (fabric) on it yet but I'm hoping it works like I'm imagining it will! Smile

I don't know if anyone else in the photog world is already using this idea but it just dawned on me last week, lol.

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I never thought of a clothing rack for a backdrop stand. I don't know if it would be strong enough for seamless? I'd LOVE to get a savage port-a-stand, but my PVC will have to do for a little while longer Smile

Awesome find, though. Let us know how it works out.

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I was thinking just fleece as a backdrop since I have no seamless anyway and I'm sure that's heavy anyway.
It's not as big as a true stand but I only intend it as being used for Eva while she's still little and I know it'll work for that, size-wise Smile

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I have been using mine for ages. I got it from a shop that sells display stuff for shops so its extra tough. I use different materials, fleece, jersey knit etc and just sew a large hem into the fabric at one end and slide it on like a curtain.

Works great and its portable Biggrin

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Can't wait to hear more! What a great idea! One of these days I will give indoor a shot.

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That's cool Cazz!!! I saw some jersey knit while browsing the home goods yesterday and wondered if that'd make a good backdrop too. I couldn't remember if anyone used that for photography.

Now, to just find a big section of wood flooring. I have no idea where everyone gets those lol

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I've used a garment rack too, in the beginning. But mine is not wide enough, and I can only use it for baby shots. It's a great idea though! I'd love to see a link to yours.

And that's a great Rebel purchase. I'm all about customizing the lenses, but for someone just getting into photography, I think that looks really good.

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Oddly the one I got (with the 2 bars) it not on Target's website, but I did buy it at the local store. So I'll have to take some shots of mine. I put it together the other night. It has pretty nice, wide, sturdy metal tubes and lots of adjustability.

Yeah a friend of mine was looking to get a "starter" camera for her teen daughter who's been inspired to start taking serious photos, and she came across that deal and asked me about it. I loved the fact that it had the 300mm zoom in there! And when I compared it all to Amazon's stuff, she was saving at least $100.00 or so. LOL I see it's already out of stock now!

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good idea on the garment rack. DH made me one out of PVC but it so big...not sure where we got the measurements off of, but it could have been made using smaller pvc.

I'll be keeping an eye out for a garment rack for easier portability!

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Great idea! You should post a pic of it when you have it set up with a backdrop.

Where does everyone get there wood flooring? I love that look, and it would help with the wrinkles I always get with my fabic backdrops on the floor.

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I'll definitely take some setup pictures when I do Eva's new Christmas pics! she's been sick all this week and I'm still waiting on her Christmas dress to get here (by mail). I'm really hoping it'll be this weekend so I have lots of time before Christmas to get them edited & printed/made into photocards etc.