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Old 02-18-2018, 01:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I think the focus should be on the pen, and sometimes mottled or multi-colored backgrounds interfere/compete with the pen.

I recognize that some cloth material as background looks mottled. Maybe I should have used the term "non-patterned."

I won't disqualify any entry for the background, but I will suggest considering a re-shoot if, in my judgement, it affects the presentation of the pen.

I use a variety of pillow cases for backgrounds of pens I photograph. The color I choose is intended to complement the pen, but stay muted and unobtrusive.
OK currently I'm using a piece of vinyl floor tile, maybe I will try to find the other backdrops that came with my photo cube. As you can see by my avatar I only have the red one and my pen is "redish".

I may stop by the craft store and get some large sheets of felt. Should make a nice smooth back drop.

For the cloths that came with my cube I keep them crumpled.
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I've got a few colors (red, white, black) of those slick polyester golf type shirts. I've taken to using those as background--don't attract fuzzies and such like the felt I was using. I drape them over a few pieces of wood, so the fronts are snagging a little--but I prefer to wear cotton shirts anyway!!
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So do I, Cliff. So crumpled they are of no use.

Seriously, pillow cases work great. Might have to iron them. I've even used a clean tee shirt.
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So do I, Cliff. So crumpled they are of no use.

Seriously, pillow cases work great. Might have to iron them. I've even used a clean tee shirt.
Well I crumple them because I don't want fold lines and ironing them just isn't going to work but I totally rethought everything and I'll be sending my entry in a few minutes. At some point I'll send you what I wanted to send you and you will see its like night and day.

But I've created a little break downable photo studio in my dining room. Much better than on my table saw in my 130 year old basement.
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I've got a few colors (red, white, black) of those slick polyester golf type shirts. I've taken to using those as background--don't attract fuzzies and such like the felt I was using. I drape them over a few pieces of wood, so the fronts are snagging a little--but I prefer to wear cotton shirts anyway!!
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I hate those golf shirts I usually get one or two wearings and then they are all snagged.
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