Go into any large or small photo studios and you'll find lots of items
aside from cameras, lenses, and lights that add to image creativity. This might
include backgrounds or props to set a particular scene or mood for the picture,
often used to customize the image to the client or setting. This report also
includes photo novelty items, such as photo jewelry and even bobble head picture
sculptures, all of which offer photographers the chance to offer more items
of interest to their clients. We end up with some do-it-yourself mounting and
binding products we saw at the show.
Backgrounds And Props
Backdrop Outlet has a new Faux Tex weathered wood, brick, and cobblestone material
that can be used either as a background or flooring. It's offered in 8x10
ft for $469.
Outlet, Faux Tex
Backgrounds by Maheu was displaying their new two-ended designs of 10x20 ft
and 12x20 ft muslin cloth backgrounds. Each of the more than 20 different designs
can be flipped to achieve a different background pattern. Included are abstract
patterns and red wave.
Denny Manufacturing now offers a new lightweight, colorfast "Freedom
Cloth" background that accepts any of the hundreds of Denny stock designs
and/or patterns, including abstracts. Design-A-Set Skins is a new line of stiffer
FlexTex backgrounds that are available in 30 different designs and colors. Among
the realistic texture offerings are barnwood, brick, cinder block, cobblestone,
pebble, rock, and stucco.
Savage Universal announced a new line of hand-painted durable, seamless, heavy-duty
canvas backgrounds. Seven color variations are offered plus Infinity Portrait
White in these rip-, tear-, and moisture-resistant backgrounds. They are suitable
for portrait and commercial subjects. They each have a 3" rod panel at
the top so they can be used with any background system. The sizes are 9x10 ft
and 9x20 ft.
Novelty Tile mosaic
Photo Gifts And Novelties
ArtFX Productions offers Photo Tile renditions of any digital image. The photo
is transferred onto premium ceramic tiles. A double outer coating imparts a
gloss finish that's very durable. You can even imprint your own words.
Many sizes are available from 2x2" up to 8x10" plus 6" oval.
They also have wooden stands for displaying the tiles.
Denny Novelty showed a new line of tile photo mosaics consisting of six, nine,
or 12 tiles created from just one photo that can be mounted into a choice of
frames. Also new are purses with photos in four styles and sizes. What's
unique is that the portrait is on a removable flap held by touch fasteners so
it can be removed and changed without disposing of the entire purse.
The 3D Clone Bobble Head booth (Headbobble.com) attracted a lot of attention
with their collection of realistic photo head sculptures attached to a broad
variety of body styles. You simply send them a front and profile view of a person's
head and they create a realistic 3D sculpture of that head, which is then attached
to one of nearly 300 different stock bodies and poses you choose from. The head
looks like the person and bounces about as a bobble head. This can be done online,
costs $89, and takes 4-6 weeks. They also have a variety of crystal blocks into
which they can engrave one photo for $60-$90.
3D Laser Tek Industries showed very interesting framed images that have a
3D effect due to the laser engraving printing method. They can make prints from
5x7" up to 22x28" and they return them framed and ready to hang
for $49 up to $399. The final prints are sepia toned from color originals and
do have a surprising amount of visual depth to them.
Memory Maker announced they are now affiliated with a kiosk manufacturer so
customers can simply input their digital photo, scale it, and make templates
to fit into any of their extensive line of photo jewelry. Some of their newer
offerings include Guardian Angel bracelets and charms that hold one to three
miniature photos. A simple photo band stretch bracelet holds just one photo.
My-PhotoArt digitally transforms your photo onto museum-quality canvas using
archival inks, which they say won't scratch or fade in a lifetime. New
are 100 percent cotton tapestry throws with a fringe measuring 50x60"
priced under $120. Two totes and a 17" pillow, plus a 27x60" wall
hanging runs $140 and a 16x20" canvas costs $100. Frame options are available.
Portrait Quilts does just what the firm's name implies; they use heat
sublimation to imprint digital photo images onto quilts, pillow shams, tote
bags, and now pillows, too. The quilts are available in four sizes and six colors
and the photos are placed in a patchwork pattern.