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Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray

B&H # FLBG4363TG MFR # GFT609
Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray

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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.

UPC: 049822736094
Color Thunder Gray
Size 43" x 63" (109 x 160cm)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.0 x 5.0 x 4.5"

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FlotoneGraduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray
 
4.5

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Good color value (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Long-lasting (5)

Cons

  • Scratches easily (7)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (11)
  • General purpose (10)
  • Studio (8)
  • Low light (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (8), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Graduated background

By Mark

from Colorado

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Color Value

Cons

  • Scratches easily

Best Uses

  • Still Life

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

This is a decent product for the money, and easily creates the graduated background effect rather than having to create it with studio lighting (which can be tricky on such a small background). But, the surface scratches very easily so you have to be super careful with it. I don't use it that often but still have to replace it every six months or so. I don't know of a more durable, similar product, or, I would buy it!

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3.0

Good for non-scratching products

By Kelly

from Las Vegas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Color Value

Cons

  • Scratches easily

Best Uses

  • General Use

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

I've use this background with many different products and found it works really well. The tone is very neural but it scratches and scuffes up easily which requires additional retouching in the back end of my process.

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4.0

Great Product, Great price!

By T Gray

from Seagrove, NC

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Good Price
  • Good Product
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Scratches easily

Best Uses

  • Indoors

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

I use this to shoot images of my handmade pottery, primarily for my Web site and social media. This is my 2nd. one, the first lasting since I shot pottery images with my old instafocus 35mm. My only concern is that it is easy to scratch.

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5.0

Looks great

By Sarahbara

from Salt Lake City, UT

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light

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

      I use this for photographing my sculptures and they look fantastic! No compaints.

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      • No

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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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      • No

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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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                    • No

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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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • 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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                          • No

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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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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                              • No

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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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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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                                  • No

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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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