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Offline Huscarl

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Backdrops for photography
« on: March 28, 2020, 05:31:53 AM »
Does anyone here know where I could find backdrops for photographing my miniatures? If not, how would I go about making one? I can't seem to find any tips on the internet. Thanks.

Offline Etranger

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2020, 05:45:05 AM »
Try model railway backscenes, old calendars, if you've got access to a decent printer then scenic photos from the internet.
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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2020, 08:05:04 AM »
For Sci-Fi I have a coffee table book of posters, I find that useful.
The internet has lots of photographic back drops for sale.
Sky also works, if you can get outside & get down low. The angle will help
remove distracting things.
For a demo game (many years ago) we wanted to show off our pride & joy,
an enormous Aztec temple at one end of the table. I got a sheet of hardboard,
the largest we could fit into a car (had to get it to the show).  Three cans of
spray paint, two blues & a white, and 10 minutes in the garden (on a nice day)
resulted in a believable 'Sky'. Be careful, I nearly ruined it by trying to add too
much paint. It will run & splatter. If it does, do what I did...
1) Sit down & cry.  2) let it FULLY dry.  3) Spray over the 'ruined' bits. 

Offline Ragnar

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2020, 08:24:34 AM »
I thinkm I just searched for scenic photos on ebay.  Ended up with something that looked like the Scottish highlands.  (At least to someone who has never been there.)
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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2020, 08:33:34 AM »
Try model railway backscenes, old calendars, if you've got access to a decent printer then scenic photos from the internet.
I have to agree about model railway sources, there are a number of companies who offer high quality backscenes of various sizes and periods.

An alternative is if you have a suitable photograph, there are companies that can print it for you (it used to be that you could get it done at a print shop, but they are becoming rarer and even if there is one locally it is unlikely to be "essential" at this time).

Home printing is fine if your backscene is A4, A3 printers are a lot more expensive. You also need suitable paper. Again, model railway fora or knowing a railway modeller who can find a suitable magazine article is useful.

Offline fred

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2020, 11:49:21 AM »
Iíve used an image directly on the computer screen as a backdrop for photographing miniatures.

This is very flexible as you can easily search for a different background to give a different feel.

Iím sure I have a picture of the setup somewhere, so will have a rummage for that.

Offline Billchuck

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2020, 03:05:18 PM »
I taped together a couple pieces of grey paper from the scrapbook aisle at Michaelís and put it in the back of my light box. You can see it in this picture of the light box:


And in use here:

Offline Ragnar

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2020, 10:47:40 PM »
Iíve used an image directly on the computer screen as a backdrop for photographing miniatures.

I did this for some sci-fi figures once.  Something I'd like to experiment with a bit more.

Offline Huscarl

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2020, 12:14:57 AM »
Wow, thanks for all the replies!

Offline Hu Rhu

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2020, 01:07:33 PM »
I taped together a couple pieces of grey paper from the scrapbook aisle at Michaelís and put it in the back of my light box. You can see it in this picture of the light box:



Can you describe the set up of your light box please.   Size, lighting etc

Offline Billchuck

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2020, 01:58:22 PM »
Can you describe the set up of your light box please.   Size, lighting etc

Itís about a 12Ē cube made of foamcore. The lights are those adhesive LED strip lights. I made some 45 degree mounts from foamcore, cut the lights to length and stuck them on; some soldering was required to connect everything together.

Offline YPU

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2020, 01:59:35 PM »
Iíve used an image directly on the computer screen as a backdrop for photographing miniatures.

This is very flexible as you can easily search for a different background to give a different feel.

Iím sure I have a picture of the setup somewhere, so will have a rummage for that.

This has a couple of ups and downs, its self lit which can be handy, it won't play tricks with focal depth etc which might be good or not depending. Most modern screens tend to be pretty glare free so that works either way.


I personally have a great looking desert backdrop that was a gift from a friend.



It is thich paint over canvas, with some texture worked into the lower half. Having it curve up into the backdrop works great.
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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2020, 10:32:06 AM »
I thinkm I just searched for scenic photos on ebay.  Ended up with something that looked like the Scottish highlands.  (At least to someone who has never been there.)

Here is my best example of using the the backdrop


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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2020, 10:40:49 AM »
Very nice!

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Re: Backdrops for photography
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2020, 01:40:26 PM »
That's a great backdrop.