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Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray

B&H # FLBG4363TG Mfr # GFT609
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You Pay: $69.95

A synthetic PVC material with beautiful, smoothly graduated backgrounds that afford interesting lighting effects. In a few minutes, a photographer can achieve beautiful effects that would take hours with lights and single-tone backgrounds.

Each sheet is individually handmade to achieve a silky matte, non-glare surface.

The material and colors do not absorb water, so they can be used with ice cubes, fruit, flowers etc. They can be cleaned with a mild soap solution and soft cloth, making Flotone reusable.

Color Thunder Gray
Size 43" x 63" (109 x 160cm)

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FlotoneGraduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good color value (10)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Long-lasting (5)

Cons

  • Scratches easily (4)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (9)
  • General purpose (8)
  • Studio (8)
  • Low light (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4), Professional (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Background

I bought this background to photograph my porcelain pottery. I had a professional photographer and she just kept commenting on how much of a difference the background made. I got the images a couple...Read complete review

I bought this background to photograph my porcelain pottery. I had a professional photographer and she just kept commenting on how much of a difference the background made. I got the images a couple days ago, and they look great. I really feel the background makes the product shots look very professional. I highly recommend it. The only problem I had was that it does scratch easily. This isn't a problem though if your product is typically placed in the same spot as the scratch will be covered by the piece. I will say that having read reviews for other backgrounds first it seems the scratching problem is not specific to this one, but really to the paper backgrounds in general.

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Not Matt at all

The gradient is lovely but the white part is highly reflective - not matt at all. I'm using it to photograph my pottery and it reflects a white glow around the bottom half of...Read complete review

The gradient is lovely but the white part is highly reflective - not matt at all. I'm using it to photograph my pottery and it reflects a white glow around the bottom half of the pot. My pieces are carved with a clear glaze over them and it is glossy, so lighting is always tricky. But this background adds another problem to deal with - not what I needed. It mars very easily too.

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4.0

Worthwhile investment - not perfect.

By Icarus Image

from Scranton, PA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Washable

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • General Use
  • Product shots

Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

Purchased this to photograph some Pottery for a client. It's a simple and straightforward product. Pretty easy to use if you have the right hardware to support and pin it down. Thanks to being fairly thick vinyl, it won't lay flat on it's own.

It also scratches and marks fairly easily. Being vinyl, it's washable, but that doesn't take out scratches.

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5.0

Flotone Graduated Background

By RSPottery

from Duluth, Mn

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • See Comments

Cons

  • Scratches Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

    I am an amateur photographer and professional potter. I wanted to take professional quality pictures of my pottery works as most art shows I attend are juried and require professional photos. Along with some decent lighting, I was able to take quality photos. Do not buy the smaller size unless you are consistently taking photos of small items. The larger size allows you to take photos from different angles

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    5.0

    Great background!

    By Martha

    from Plano, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

        I love this background! It photographs my students' ceramic pieces beautifully. It can scratch, so be careful with the heavy pieces.

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        5.0

        Great Background for artist

        By KAZ clay.

        from Dartmouth, ma.

        Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

        I am a ceramic artist who is not a professional photographer. This product has given my work such an elegant look and I feel great about using it for the images I post on my website. Thanks for sending it so quickly, I needed fast and it came within 2 days!

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        4.0

        Very helpful, very prone to scratches

        By CharliePhoto

        from Charleston, SC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Convenient
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Very Easily Scratched

        Best Uses

        • Tabletop Sculpture

        Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

        I am a professional photographer. I use this backdrop to photograph my wife's sculptures. The graduated background is infinitely easy than try to create a graduated effect with lighting. I have two major complaints. The surface of the background is scratched VERY EASILY. I suspect some of the scratches have come from simply rolling the material for storage. The PVC material is incredibly rugged, but the graduated finish is not. That is a real shame, because I love the effect it gives. My second complaint is that I wish the company offered a background that only went from black to gray. I hate the white part of the backdrop, but I am sometimes stuck using that part of the backdrop with taller sculptures. If your shoots call for a graduated backdrop, this is worth it, even with the drawbacks. Treat the surface of the background very gently, use felt (or something similar) under items placed on the surface, and you will get a lot of use out of it. If you normally shoot smaller pieces, and are debating whether to get the smaller version of the backdrop or this one, I would recommend getting this one. With smaller pieces on this background you can avoid the white section of the background if you hate it as much as I do, and you can use different sections of it to avoid any scratches you will, almost inevitably, get. I've used this background for quite a while. I use Lightroom 5 to retouch the scratches. I'm finally buying a replacement backdrop because I just about went crazy trying to eliminate all the scatches in the latest batch of images. Would I recommend this product? Yes, but with reservations. To the manufacturer - please make a black to gray one, and please make the surface more durable! I can photograph 40"+ high pieces without getting into the white. With proper lighting technique, you can minimize the glare of the white portion when shooting taller pieces, but that kind of negates the purpose of buying a graduated background. So, why did I give it four stars if it is so frustrating? It is still the best product out there for easily creating a graduated background.

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        5.0

        Professional Documentation: Made Easy

        By Blue

        from Durango, CO

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documenting

          Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

          The "Thunder Gray" gradient by Flotone creates a perfect gradient without a complex lighting arrangement. This product will make a beginner photographer look like a pro. I use this product for documenting my 3-d artwork. Because lights are not needed to create a gradient, shadows are greatly reduced in my photographs. As an amateur artist, I would not have the skills to create such a gradient the traditional way with lights. Constructed of durable PVC material, this backdrop holds up under the harsh conditions of my ceramic and metal sculptures which are placed directly on the surface. Other cloth and paper backdrops quickly degrade under these conditions. I am very pleased with this product and have no complaints. I will definitely recommend this product to fellow photographers and artist's who wish to document their work on their own. I will be back to B&H in the future because of this wonderful product.

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          4.0

          great product

          By Ceramic Artist

          from Santa Fe, NM

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                I use the background to photograph ceramics. It results in a very professional looking image.

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                3.0

                Not Matt at all

                By Mudgirl59

                from Weatherford, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                      The gradient is lovely but the white part is highly reflective - not matt at all. I'm using it to photograph my pottery and it reflects a white glow around the bottom half of the pot. My pieces are carved with a clear glaze over them and it is glossy, so lighting is always tricky. But this background adds another problem to deal with - not what I needed. It mars very easily too.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great Backdrop

                      By Beesker

                      from Vashon, WA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Easily scratched

                      Best Uses

                      • Shoot Artwark

                      Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                      I use this backdrop for photographing my mixed media artwork. The gradation is smooth and consistent. It is easily scratched, however.

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                      4.0

                      Good quality

                      By gferdon

                      from Asheville, NC

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                      Sturdy matieral and good image quality.

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                      4.0

                      Works good for my art students.

                      By Art Teacher

                      from Avon Park, FL

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                      My pottery and sculpture students use this as a background for photos of their work. It does scrach real easy, I make them put small rubber or cork sticky dots on the bottom of the work prior to placing in on the Flotone.

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                      5.0

                      Maximizes my low-budget lighting system.

                      By Potter Brad

                      from Fairview, OR

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                        I use this background to document my portfolio of ceramic work. I've normally set-up a fairly complex system to allow my low-budget lighting fixtures to provide a smooth, graduated background to my pieces. In addition to helping with that goal, the Flotone ground seems much more durable and hopefully will be easier to clean minor scuffs from than the paper backgrounds that I have used up over time. Although I have only used the new Flotone ground for a month, so far I am pleased with the visual advantages.

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                        5.0

                        Background saves time lighting

                        By toroverde

                        from Greeley, CO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                          We use this background for food photography, sculptures, and pottery. The depth is wonderful and you do not need to spend a lot of time lighting your subject. We have spilled material on the background and it is easy to wipe up.

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                          5.0

                          This is the best background I have

                          By Eltel

                          from Brisbane, Australia

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adds depth to the photo
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                            I use the graduated background to photograph my sculptures. The gray color is best because it is neutral and doesn't distract from my work. The graded background gives a sense of depth to the photos. I also like the fact that the material is water resistant so I can wipe it down with a damp cloth when it gets dirty.

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                            5.0

                            Great background

                            By Sven

                            from Sydney, Australia

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors

                              Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                              My pottery clients all love this background and it's not available in Australia, I'm so happy to have found a reliable company to supply this even though the shipping is not cheap.

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                              5.0

                              Great Background

                              By Ruthie

                              from Nashville, TN

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value

                              Cons

                              • Scratches easily

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                              I bought this background to photograph my porcelain pottery. I had a professional photographer and she just kept commenting on how much of a difference the background made. I got the images a couple days ago, and they look great. I really feel the background makes the product shots look very professional. I highly recommend it. The only problem I had was that it does scratch easily. This isn't a problem though if your product is typically placed in the same spot as the scratch will be covered by the piece. I will say that having read reviews for other backgrounds first it seems the scratching problem is not specific to this one, but really to the paper backgrounds in general.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              space saver

                              By dave

                              from new hampshire

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors

                                Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                                this is a great backdrop particularly for smaller work. I usually use a paper backdrop that needs 8-10' and careful lighting to achieve the gradation. Also it seems much more duable than the paper.

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                                5.0

                                Amazing!

                                By Teaarden

                                from Alfred, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Long-Lasting

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                                This back drop has helped me so much with my ceramics career. I can now take perfect shots of my work. Thanks so much B&H!!

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                                5.0

                                Perfect for 3-D work

                                By Marcaf

                                from Ithaca, NY

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Good Color Value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors
                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                                  I'm a 3-D artist who needs consistent pictures for juried shows and website. I found this background to be the easiest way to accomplish, what used to be, a trying feat. Handle with care, it scratches easy. Great product for those who don't have the time to fuss with getting a clean graduated effect.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Backdrop for my LiteCube

                                  By Jer the Bear

                                  from Larkspur, Colorado

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to clean
                                  • Easy to set up
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Nice gradation in tones
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Jewelry
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Pottery
                                    • Sale items for internet

                                    Comments about Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray:

                                    While I am basically a wildlife and landscape photographer, to help a friend I recently decided to get into studio, still-life photography. I selected the Flotone graduated backdrop because I wanted something more durable than a paper backdrop. It has already proven to be a great choice, and the Thunder Bay color is exactly what is called for in taking pictures of pottery and jewelry. I cut it to fit my light box, and used velcro hook and loop fasteners to keep it in place. I have not yet noticed any negative aspects of this product, and would highly recommend it to others.

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