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Offline Joe Federer

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Large diffusion material?
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:38:05 PM »
We built a new studio for the newborn and small family part of our business. The space is about 40x25, but our favorite place to shoot is near the corner window. On the south part of the corner there is a 11' wide by 7' tall window. The window on the west of that corner is 8' x 7'. Further, 3 feet over from the window is a 7' glass door that faces west.
All this works great when it's overcast. But on clear days, that area is un-shootable.
I'd like to custom-build a frame (easy -- just some 2x2's or something) that I can pop into those windows to give me some soft light on clear days.
However, I'm having a heck of a time finding bulk diffusion material that is wider than 6'.
Help?


edit;  I'd like to be able to shoot against this fabric as well, so a seam is undesirable.   In a perfect world, I'd be able to get a 8' x 20' piece.
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Re: Large diffusion material?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 04:50:07 PM »
You might have seen my photo of the interior of a trolly car photographed for the manufacturer. The white  material I purchased from a commercial fabric vendor was 90” wide. Mike N buys white diffusion material that is much wider, perhaps he’ll weigh in. Maybe 12-15 ft wide?

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Re: Large diffusion material?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 05:59:02 PM »
For the purpose of diffusing outside light, I can't imagine why a seam would be an issue if you sewed two widths together. Just my two pennies worth.
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Re: Large diffusion material?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 07:31:48 AM »
We built a new studio for the newborn and small family part of our business. The space is about 40x25, but our favorite place to shoot is near the corner window. On the south part of the corner there is a 11' wide by 7' tall window. The window on the west of that corner is 8' x 7'. Further, 3 feet over from the window is a 7' glass door that faces west.
All this works great when it's overcast. But on clear days, that area is un-shootable.
I'd like to custom-build a frame (easy -- just some 2x2's or something) that I can pop into those windows to give me some soft light on clear days.
However, I'm having a heck of a time finding bulk diffusion material that is wider than 6'.
Help?


edit;  I'd like to be able to shoot against this fabric as well, so a seam is undesirable.   In a perfect world, I'd be able to get a 8' x 20' piece.





Sheers.

Easy to open.  No reason to build a frame and try to store some huge thing.



Sometimes simple is best.

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Re: Large diffusion material?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 12:54:41 PM »
Due to how our windows work (tilt and turn) we can't really do interior fixed blinds.

HOWEVER, some sheers like that and then making a removable frame, might do the trick.

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Re: Large diffusion material?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 07:58:55 PM »
Your best bet will likely be a drapery supplier. A quick google told me bestfabricstore.com might work. Remember that any fabric will have a color shift that will change over time.  Your local fabric store may have it, but probably need to order it (mine did.)