Leigh L Pang
December 6th, 2007, 05:02 PM
So, I find myself likely in need of a good-sized greenscreen backdrop and possibly black and white as well. Many options in this arena give me a headache which I'm not yet ready to ask about, but one minor point especially pricks at me:
How do you more experienced folks feel about hanging your muslins with clamps vs a rod pocket?
In my shopping I find different sellers appear to adhere strongly to hocking their wares one way or the other.
December 7th, 2007, 08:52 PM
The key is....
How LONG a span do you need to cover?
If you're doing a background for a single or a two shot, you're probably OK with clamps since the weight of the fabric won't be too much for a short span and you can probably hold the background pretty taught with clamps.
But no theater I've ever been around would hang a flat backdrop with anything other than continuous pipe support.
Even cheesy school photographers use portable stand and "pipe" background rigs to get a wrinkle-free seamless look.
Curtains on close spaced chains, fine. You WANT them to drape. But not backdrops.
If I'm understanding you.
In a nutshell, if you want it to DRAPE, clamps are cool.
If you want a smooth background - pipe provides MUCH better support.
Leigh L Pang
December 8th, 2007, 08:55 PM
Thanks for the reply, Bill. While I can imagine all the issues, I needed that bit of practical use insight. I shall look to rod pockets, as I figure if needed, they can always be clamped for draping.
At this point, I'm looking at getting 9'x12', but I can imagine needing 12' wide in the future.