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Workshop #3: Infinite curve

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 03-26-2013 03:48 PM 1191 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For a while now I’ve been using A1 size (metric) heavy gauge art paper for the infinite curve in my project photo’s. It’s expensive. It gets dirty and needs replacing every few uses. It occurred to me that heavy duty lining paper, the sort used in the decorating trade would probably do just as well

Its about the same width as the shorter dimension of A1 and there’s 10 metres on a roll, enough for about ten curves.

A simple addition to my lighting rig allows for easy dispensing as well. The roll is mounted on a piece of 18 mm birch ply I’ve had hanging around in the scraps, simply screwed to the rig, about 400 mm off the bench. Easily unscrewed at one end to thread on a new roll, when needed.

I simply roll out what I need and tape it down to create a curve

You can see my latest project on the bench, ready to be taken. Here are a couple of shots I took with this set up. The first with just the two daylight floods

and the second with fill-in flash, from the camera.

The camera is a Canon PowerShot A2400 IS, tripod mounted.

When not in use the curve simply rolls back up onto the roll.

A roll costs £5. I generally get at least five uses from a sheet of paper. If I use the same 1 metre five times, there’s 10 m on a roll, making 50 sessions from one roll. That’s 10p a photo session. The colour of the roll is not pure white but this can be adjusted for in the camera with a white sheet of A4 in front of the lens at the begining of each photo session.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 04:23 PM

We do similar using poster board in the light box that Keith made. However, the box itself is restrictive in size to things that are probably about 6” in diameter or smaller. When I was photographing some recent projects I got to wondering how I could use this type of background for larger pieces. I am happy that you posted the way you do things, as it gave me several ideas as to how I could do similar and make the system work for me. Thanks for taking the time to show us. Your pictures are really beautiful and show the details of your work wonderfully. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 04:32 PM

Thank you, Sheila and I’m glad to be of help.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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nomercadies

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 05:14 PM

I like that, thank you.

I’m not sure what this part means though:
“The colour of the roll is not pure white but this can be adjusted for in the camera with a white sheet of A4 in front of the lens at the begining of each photo session.”

Is that something your camera is able to do?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 06:26 PM

You might try contacting your local newspaper. They usually give away what they call the “End rolls” from the rolls of newsprint they use. It’s also a little “off-white” but it sounds like you can compensate for that. The stuff I’ve gotten here is on a cardboard roll, so you can still hang it the same way you have now. It’s also a great way to get (FREE) paper for packing glass items if you ever move (or have to ship something fragile)

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 07:00 PM

nomercadies, my camera has an adjustable white balance. Many digital cameras do.

joe, thanks for the advice. Newsprint might be a bit thin though.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#6 posted 03-26-2013 08:32 PM

Dude, have you heard about bedsheets?

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#7 posted 03-26-2013 09:42 PM

your set up is good and the price is right :-)

a pro way of doing the same is to have around 15-20 cm gab from the table edge to where
the role hang so the paper goes drops from the back edge of the table hanging in a curve
before it goes up to the role
the only advance of this as I can see it is it gives the possibillity to ad light to the background
I can´t remeber the excact answer I was given at the time I learned …. I never used other ways
than the one you use on all colours and used a specifik background light to remove shadows

allways a pleasure to look at your pictures :-)

take care
Dennis

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#8 posted 03-26-2013 11:38 PM

Gr8 way to shoot some nice photos of your fine projects.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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