Introduction: Making a Portable Seamless Backdrop

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Years ago I worked in an advertising agency that made flyers for newspapers, they wanted photographs without distractions in the background for the four-colour printing process. Photographs without a seam between what you are photographing is siting on, and the wall behind it as in this photograph.

Step 1: Seamless Backdrop Design

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This is called a seamless backdrop, where the wall behind what you are photographing blends in with what you are photographing is siting on. Seamless backdrops are easy to make and I will show you how to make one out of simple materials.

Tools
Sharp Knife
Scissors

Materials
Cardboard box
Flexible card sheet
2-inch Gorilla tape

Step 2: The Cardboard

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Start with a cardboard box.

Step 3: Cut the Cardboard

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Cut the box along opposing corners.

Step 4: Card Sheet

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Choose flexible card sheet the colour you want for a backdrop.

Step 5: Length of Card Sheet

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Make sure the card sheet is no more than 7/8th the length of the cardboard.

Step 6: Taping the Two Pices Together

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Tape one end of the card sheet backing to the cardboard with 2-inch Gorilla tape and fold tape over as in this photo.
 

Step 7: Tape the Other End

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Then tape the other end of the card sheet as in this photo.

Step 8: Finished

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When the seamless backdrop is propped up the back is flat, the bottom is flat, and the corner is rounded.

Step 9: Start Photographing

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Now you are ready to start making seamless photographs. Take your pictures.

Step 10: Cropping

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And crop the photos so they contain only what you want in the photograph. In this photograph I wanted to demonstrate the article was palm size, seamless photographs can loose size perspective.

Comments

Blechmen (author)2012-03-24

Haha this is soo cool
and yes I was aware of this way to take pictures. thanks for sharing this I think I will try this and add it to my studio.

iceng (author)2011-09-23

Nice, I'm thinking you could be left handed :-)

Voted for you.

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Josehf Murchison (author)iceng2011-09-28

Want a trampoline for five bucks? That is real doe.

iceng (author)Josehf Murchison2011-09-28

This is worth posting in the forums under random-fun

Josehf Murchison (author)iceng2011-09-28

Thanks I knew someone would suggest a good spot.

Josehf Murchison (author)iceng2011-09-26

There is a good joke there but this is a public forum.

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