Room with full length six foot mirror.

6 days 23 hours ago #748230 by chrisbest
Hello, I need some photos of people in my exercise studio.  The problem is that the room is packed with equipment that is hard or impossible to more.  The room is only 17x19'.  The only side of the room that is free of junk has a six foot tall mirror the full length.   My question is, does a mirror ever work in the background of a photograph?  My guess is, no.  So, I'm considering installing a curtain the length of that side of the room to block off the mirror.  It is an extreme measure for just a photo shoot, but I can't see an alternative.  What would you do?

ps. I have in the past tried to set up stands with poles and hanging a backdrop, but the stands themselves take up almost a three foot base, and I can't spare than most space because the room is small to begin with. Also, the cost of a curtain would be less than all the stands and poles and backdrops.

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6 days 12 hours ago #748244 by CharleyL
There should be a way, maybe to attach the curtain to the top of the mirror or on the ceiling against the mirror. If only for a one time shoot it doesn't need to be a very permanent attachment method, but without some close up photos of the top of the mirror to ceiling area I can't recommend anything. 


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6 days 10 hours ago #748247 by chrisbest
Thanks Charley. Just to be clear - and I know you haven't seen the room - would you tend to agree that a full wall mirror behind a model is almost certainly not going to work?

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5 days 19 hours ago #748291 by CharleyL
If it is directly behind them you will be taking a photo of them, and yourself too. Where are you going to position yourself so as not to be in the photo? Where will your lights be placed? You don't likely want them in the photo either. 

A cheap solution might be to buy some white foam board that you can place up against the mirrors, if you can't attach anything to them otherwise. Another possibility is to use some of those hangar hooks that are stick-on, but have a pull tab at the bottom to allow them to be removed completely, even from glass, or painted dry wall, when there is no longer a need for them. Attach them to the mirror and remove them when finished with the shoot. Maybe Curtain rods to bridge between them to hold the curtains up, but 1/2" thin wall steel EMT electrical conduit in 10' lengths is a possibility too, and only a few dollars each at Lowes or Home Depot, or similar stores. Available tube screw connectors allow you to connect them end to end. Though steel, they aren't that heavy, and they won't sag. 

Good luck with your shoot. Please tell us how it went and what you did to solve this. Photos would be nice too. 


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