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    Good black backdrop material?

    Hey folks since I'm growing Neps again I want to take pics of them on a monthly basis to document their growth and I want to do portrait like shots of them against a black backdrop. I was wondering if any of you have suggestions as to the type of material I should get. I have access to several full fledged fabric shops but they may not have anything fancier than black velvet, fleece, velour, etc.

    I know silk shines and plain black sheets from target turn grey in pics as I've used both of those in the past.

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    Ive been told felt is good..

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    Used a black towel for my pics...you should check them out. In "General Discussions"
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    Velvet worked nicely for my avatar pic
    Jeremiah does lots of snazzy pics, so mebbe he'll see this and tell you?

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    I want at least 2 square yards 72 x 72

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    Black throw blanket works great.

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    I suppose a black Pendleton blanket would be about the right size and texture. You'd probably want to get a knock-off though, because genuine Pendleton blankets aren't cheap. Otherwise, terri cloth is probably a good choice, as someone said above. Or perhaps you could get a large scrap piece of black carpet?
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    Faux fur is what Jeremiah uses as I recall from an earlier post.

    Pre-digital age movie special effects like 2001: A Space Odyssey used black velvet.

    Actually you can get the same effect through careful flash lighting.
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