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Aug 14th, 2015 at 12:17pm
 
I'm looking for a background to purchase to use on small to mid size turning items to produce the look required for Woodturners Resource  Calander. Preferably Gray and easy to store, where and what may be available to purchase? I ask this as photography isn't even close to a strongpoint of mine. Thanks so much----
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Reply #1 - Aug 14th, 2015 at 2:01pm
 
You should be able to get something at a local camera store, if there is one near you. You can get something online: Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Reply #2 - Aug 14th, 2015 at 2:06pm
 
I've been using a piece of light grey nylon cloth from Joann's fabric store.  It cost about $5.  Don't get the ones with the grid pattern.
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Reply #3 - Aug 14th, 2015 at 2:17pm
 
A gradient photo background is a good choice, typically vinyl-backed paper that rolls up for easy storage.
As has been said, any photo site/store.
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Reply #4 - Aug 14th, 2015 at 6:48pm
 
What characteristics in the background are you looking for to enhance the photo?
Non-reflective, I can understand, but what else?
Plain color, no fancy design to draw attention away from the object, I get that too...But $36 for the product linked above, what makes it so special?

Why gray, and not white, or tan?
I am pondering making a light box to photograph my stuff, and am looking for ideas on what is best.
New arena for me also.
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Reply #5 - Aug 14th, 2015 at 6:57pm
 
John, a white background can make the subject look dark, and tan can have the subject blending into the background.  A contrast is better.  Red and blue give contrast, but leave the subject looking off color.  Black can look great if you have a piece that can really carry the look and stand out.
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Reply #6 - Aug 14th, 2015 at 7:09pm
 
Thanls Jim.
It helps to have different backgrounds, I would guess.
Wood comes in all colors and shades.


Off subject:
Do the new LEDS lights do a better job than the old fashoned Halogens? They generate so much heat, and the LEDs last for ever.
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Reply #8 - Aug 15th, 2015 at 10:03am
 
Glenn.. at the time your post arrived, I was home  watching boxing on TV. Grin

As for a background color, I prefer a neutral grey or something like photo grey.. i.e..:15% grey.
Eons ago, when we shot film and used light meters, we held a grey card up to take a light reading as the 15% grey was neutral. This is what you should have as a backdrop.

As was said, white will overpower the image by possibly reflecting light onto the piece where you don't want it.  Black will work for keeping accurate color in that for shooting flat art for reproduction, I have my back wall painted black so the light reflecting off the wall doesn't add anything to the piece. Black might not always work for 3D pieces as you might not get a definitive edge of the piece like you would with a grey background.


Any color around your subject can impart that color onto it by reflecting colored light onto the piece.
The color of the light also has an effect on the look of the piece you are shooting.
This chart might help understand color of the light you use.

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Reply #9 - Aug 15th, 2015 at 10:05am
 
John Cepko wrote on Aug 14th, 2015 at 7:09pm:
Do the new LEDS lights do a better job than the old fashoned Halogens? They generate so much heat, and the LEDs last for ever.

I've found that LED's provide a "whiter" light than most any other without the added benefit of heating the room like halogen lights.  Roll Eyes
I use an LED desk lamp like Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
Works great and doesn't get hot.

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Reply #10 - Aug 15th, 2015 at 10:23am
 
As I was saying, the chart shows color of lighting used on the piece.  LED's  are shown in there as well.  Any color used around the piece also effects the color of the piece, thus neutral grey for background and light around the 5,000K range is best.


Ok, guys...unglaze your eyes and wipe the drool off your chins now. Grin   It took me a while to understand all of this. After a bit of experimenting, you'll understand it all and it will become second nature.

Sort of like when a friend of mine tries to show me how to fiddle around in my website. I tend to glaze over and drool on the keyboard. I'll get it eventually. Thumbs Up
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Reply #11 - Aug 15th, 2015 at 10:26am
 
Thanks for all the great replies, with a Jo Ann fabric only 7 miles away I'll start there and see what happens then if need be go to a photography website.
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Reply #12 - Aug 15th, 2015 at 10:53am
 
To give you an idea of the color of the nylon, Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register was shot using it for the background.  The upper part shows the actual color of the cloth, and the lower part appears lighter from overhead lighting.  Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register is another using the same cloth.
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Reply #14 - Aug 15th, 2015 at 1:59pm
 
Ron Sardo wrote on Aug 15th, 2015 at 1:23pm:
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+1
I use one very similar
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