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Muslin and floor wrinkles

Discussion in 'Studio Equipment and Lighting' started by icetraxx, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. icetraxx


    May 7, 2005
    I was posting a response to another member and thought of a question that I had about a month ago dealing with muslin and wrinkles.

    How do you keep a 10x20 muslin from wrinkling on the floor when you have a fair amount of people coming in a posing? I ended up having to clone out wrinkles which was a pain. I did tape down the front and sides of the muslin that was on the floor.

    Is there any tips or tricks that yall and offer?
  2. You could try placing a large sheet of plexiglass over it, which will add a reflection for full length shots but otherwise works great to protect the muslin from wrinkling and damage.
  3. icetraxx


    May 7, 2005
    I didn't think about that. I don't know if I can locate a piece or pieces that big. I also the dancers would be walking on it with tap shoes on which I think would scratch the heck out of it.
  4. well this may be incredibly stupid because I admitt I don't know didly about what I'm doing on my portraits save what I'm learning from Stuart and a few others, what about starching it? You know that stuff our mothers and grandmothers used on dad's and grand dads shirts? Just an idea!
  5. LAW2


    Oct 24, 2006
    I believe starching it would leave a shiny residue on it. Starch is just sugar right?
  6. icetraxx


    May 7, 2005
    I think that it would. I can't do anything permanent because I borrow the space only when I need it and available. I guess I need to find away to keep the back curve(where the back meets the floor) tight without putting a crease in the curve.

    I have heard another way to remove wrinkles is to stick the muslin in the dryer for about 5 minutes, take out, and hang. This only works if your dryer is big enough though. I haven't tried it but it has to work b/c this is how I iron my slacks and my polo shirts. LOL

  7. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    A trick that I heard works - although I haven't tried it is to use one of those hand steamers. Works for jackets and shirts hung near a really hot shower in hotel rooms . . .
  8. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    A steamer really does the job on my 10x20 backgrounds. If you are in a rush it is a bit frustrating because you have to slow down and let the steam take the wrinkles out. BUT, it works perfect.

    As for wrinkles on the floor, when I am shooting I have my assistant watching to see if the muslin on the floor is completely out of whack and wrinkly.
  9. StephanieHelen


    Jun 9, 2006
    Hi Larry, I had to shoot 72 little dancers last weekend, then smooth the wrinkles in PS, no fun at all, so I am interested in the responses here too, thanks for posting.

    I have more of the same coming up soon, wish there's a quick fix.
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