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