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I have a tabletop photobooth with a blue backdrop.

I've noticed some modelers are using a solid gray one and I like the color, but I don't know what type to get.

I have to choose between vinyl and polyester. 

Which one is best to get?




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9 hours ago, Archer Fine Transfers said:

I  would suggest one that is the least glossy, but that's just a guess. I use paper, but my setup is entirely different.

Here are my 2 choices in the gray I want. The size will by a 3x3 




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I just built a “photo box” from white foam poster board, to step up my photography game here are some shots I took of my little bird and the lighting is just from my dinning room light. Still need to get a nice led light to mount over box.   




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I used poster board in the past, thou it would get dirty after a while and I would have to replace it. I managed to find plastic sheet back drops from Aliexpress, and they weren't expensive. The sheet cost me around $10-15 at most.

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Parts 1 through to 6. from MY archives!


Photography – Scale Model Guide



vinyl backdrops are one of the most widely-used styles of backgrounds for product (and portrait) photography. you can find different styles of vinyl backgrounds: faux marble. faux wood. solid color. the list goes on!


they’re thick and durable. so they’ll hold up to the test of time. this can be a huge plus if you’re using liquids or heavy items for your product images. any scuffs or spills can easily be cleaned up with a wet rag. they also come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.


you should make sure you get the right sheen. there are two primary types of finishes you can get: matte and gloss. gloss can add some nice reflective qualities to your product image – but it can also wash it out if you’re not careful.


vinyl backdrops do require a bit more investment than paper backdrops. but we think they’re worth it. you can use them time and time again without having to worry about wrinkles or damage. the cost per use will decrease dramatically throughout the years that these backdrops will last.




white backgrounds have become the industry standard (thanks largely to Bezos and the Walmart fam). but don’t let that fool you into thinking that white foam board is the only way to go. 


it’s time to zhush things up a little and think outside the (foam board) box with colored and patterned foam board.  you can go wild – or subtle. there’s no end to the creative variations of foam board out there. faux marble? velvet? solid color? check. check. and check.


foam board can be easily damaged. this might not be the ideal backdrop for you if you plan on moving it around from shoot to shoot. it also works better for a smaller product scale. 


foam board is one of the most affordable backdrop options. so it’s not a burden to replace if it gets damaged ..




seamless paper backdrops (a.k.a sweeps) are one of the most common choices on the market. they come in a variety of colors and patterns/textures to fit your brand story.


paper backdrops are great for entry-level and one-time projects. plus – there’s a nearly endless amount of color and pattern options out there. heck. you can even get creative and use old newspapers and magazines as your backdrop.


they’re one of the least durable types of backdrops and will age quickly. slight damages and imperfections might appear as soon as the first use. 


you get what you pay for with paper backdrops. they’re one of the most affordable backdrop options out there – which is good because you might need to replace them more often as they age.


and here  are examples of "sweeps".


Amazon.com : Photo White Sweep


all shapes  snd sizes and backgrounds and Prices...

Best of luck Tim with your photographic endeavours.


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Just yesterday I rigged a new frame for my photo backdrop. I don't use a booth or lightbox, as I find them too awkward and limiting. Instead, I have a 75cm square table set up permanently, and now use a pair of LED light panels for lighting, along with some much-improved daylight downlights in the room.


Here's the new frame, made out of PVC piping and fittings:




For the backdrop, I use a continuous roll of white printer paper (85cm wide), and cut appropriate lengths as I need them:




Unfortunately the roll is old and has been kicked around a bit, so the edges have seen better days. I plan to upgrade this solution to use a vinyl sheet soon, which should produce an even better result.




Really happy with how this turned out.



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This is my setup. Four feet wide plywood base, white seamless, white plastic corrugated side panels lit with three 3,000 lumen LED shop lights for ambient. Also two dimmable LED studio lights with home made "soft boxes" and optional white nylon diffusers for fill. May not be for everyone but works for my philosophy that when it comes to photography there's no such thing as too much light.






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