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Graduated background paper


#1

An additional place to find background paper is B & H Photo in New
York City. Their toll free # is 800 947 9927. The website is
www.bhphotovideo.com I just do not know if they carry the
graduated. They have a large variety of everything related to
photography. They are closed on Saturday.

Diane Sadel
http://www.sweetgemstones.com


#2

If its a A4 size you need , do what I did.

use adobe photoshop or any other graphics program to design the
background Print it on your printer and laminate it for long life.

Works pretty well and cheap too.

Ahmed Shareek


#3

My photographer–Doug Yaple, Seattle, WA.-- achieves a very nice
graduated effect on my slides that is quite dramatic w/out
interfering w/ the work. He uses a non gradated grey paper that is
curved up from the horizontal to the vertical. The gradation comes
from this bend and the depth of field rather than an intrinsic
quality to the paper.

Andy Cooperman


#4
  use adobe photoshop or any other graphics program to design the
background Print it on your printer and laminate it for long life. 

What I do is similar, but can result in a much smaller finished
product, which is better for shooting earrings, rings, small pendants
etc. I create the background on the computer and then have a slide
made of it. I then take the slide to a photo shop and have
matte-finish prints made from the slide. I get them in various sizes
for various uses. 4 x 6 works for most pieces, 8 x 10 for necklaces.

The surfaces of the prints get messed up after a few uses (good idea
to laminate them I’ll have to try it), but for earrings I tape a
print to a piece of cardboard and then poke holes for the posts.
That way the earring s lay flat against the background. Pins and
pendants get stuck onto the background with Quakehold (a similar
material to Fun Tac a putty-like, non-drying material that is easily
removable).

Beth


#5

Hi All, I don’t do any photography so take this advice with the usual
caveats. I did once watch a photographer shoot my jewelry, and he
placed it on a sheet of glass that was suspended a couple of inches
above the graduated grey paper. It seemed to serve a couple of
purposes. Firstly, the paper was preserved. Additionally, I think
it probably gave a depth to the image. Unfortunately, I can’t
remember much about the glass, but am assuming it was non glare.
The photos are on the wall in my studio and you would never know the
jewelry is actually floating above the paper.

Betty


#6
 I did once watch a photographer shoot my jewelry, and he placed it
on a sheet of glass that was suspended a couple of inches above the
graduated grey paper.

Instructions for this are in either the current or last month’s
issue of lapidary journal. I have a gradient gray background but
haven’t used it this way yet, I’ve been putting the jewelry directly
on it.

Other posters are correct, the background is made to mimic the
effect created by lighting. This is easier.

Elaine Luther
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor
@E_Luther