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Old 10-05-2009, 11:47 PM   #1
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I took a photo of a few trinkets on a black glove. The trinkets turned out good. Is there any material I could use that doesn't collect tons of dust to photograph seeds and other small plant parts? Something that could go with me like my bean bag?
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:12 AM   #2
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How about a dark colored washcloth that can be easily washed? Some of them have sheared terrycloth loops on one side and look somewhat like velour. After being washed a few hundred times it might fade but by then you will have gotten thousands of photos using it.
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What about a lense cloth? They come in a bunch of colors, don't take up much space and they're not too clingy as material goes.
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Maybe a high threadcount black pillowcase? A sateen or something with a tight weave.
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I buy those 12x12 colored papers they sell in scrap booking places to take photos of objects on.
They come in a variety of colors and quite a few have various textures as well.
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So many good ideas. I'm going to have to play around with fabric swatches. I really needed to find a way to photograph small seeds.
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I buy those 12x12 colored papers they sell in scrap booking places to take photos of objects on.
They come in a variety of colors and quite a few have various textures as well.
You beat me to it!

Lib, do you carry any ID books with you? Maybe the covers (not dust jackets) would serve in a pinch? And the lens cloths are easy keep on hand. Otherwise, bring them in where you can photograph them in a controlled environment.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:09 AM   #8
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I don't normally carry ID books with me. Sometimes some are tossed in the trunk. Prairiefreak said she had a swatch of black velvet for me. There's a scrapbooking store 5 towns south of me I can stop in to look around. Black pillow cases are a problem. I don't know if Bed Bath and Beyond carries black pillow cases. I can check tomorrow. My bean bag is black. I didn't have it with me. I forgot it which sucks. It was Hedgerowe's black glove ida that told me I needed to do something to photograph seeds better. I'm losing seed photos.
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I don't know about BB&B, but I picked up a black flat sheet at Target over the weekend. I'll use it for a backdrop for photography at work (medical instruments).

It was about $7 I think. They had cases too, less $ I'm sure.
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Go to a goodwill or salvation army for a cheep dress,pillow or something of the sort and cut a chunk out of it.
Why spend the money for something new to throw in a trunk.
What about setting the seeds on the leaf of the plant you got it from and take a photo. OR a rhubarb or other larger leaf for a background.......
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