BALKANBACKGROUNDS

handmade backgrounds & antique props for photographers

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria | 22 Sales

BALKANBACKGROUNDS

handmade backgrounds & antique props for photographers

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria 22 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   AS AN INTRODUCTORY OFFER, DELIVERY WITHIN THE EU IS FREE!!!
Delivery is with standard Bulgarian postal service (trackable) and takes approximately 7 working days.
For details of express delivery using DHL couriers, please contact me.
For details of delivery charges outside the EU, also please contact me.

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Last updated on Oct 31, 2017

AS AN INTRODUCTORY OFFER, DELIVERY WITHIN THE EU IS FREE!!!
Delivery is with standard Bulgarian postal service (trackable) and takes approximately 7 working days.
For details of express delivery using DHL couriers, please contact me.
For details of delivery charges outside the EU, also please contact me.

TIM CLINCH

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TIM CLINCH

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'BALKAN BACKGROUNDS' - THE STORY SO FAR...

Last winter here in Bulgaria was a long, cold and unenjoyable experience.
Amongst other misfortunes, I suffered the unpleasant experience of frozen pipes which, once thawed out, flooded our beautiful, recently converted barn.
Amongst the damage were several bags full of antique French linens which, although dried out, were really unuseable.
Well...all is not lost they say in the wonderful song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang... 'From the Ashes of Disaster grow the Roses of Succsess'!
These beautiful linens are now being hand painted and turned into handsome, versatile backgrounds of varying sizes starting at 60cms x 80cms for use in your food photography!
There are around 100 to choose from so far and we are working hard to add more all the time, along with a selection of styling props to make your food photography unique.

In the meantime, please follow @balkanbackgrounds on Instagram to keep up with all the latest news...

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Last updated on Jan 7, 2018
Frequently asked questions
ARE THE COLOURS OF YOUR BACKGROUND EXACT?

No...and by definition they cannot be. I photograph all my backgrounds in daylight in a white room, so they are as accurate as I can make them, I check the colour of my computer screens once a month so I can guaruntee that they are accurate on MY screen...BUT, these are all painted by hand and react differently to different situations...which to some extent is the whole point! They react to lighting, ambient colours, colour temperature and post processing so you can do many more things with them than with a flat board.

WHY DO YOU CALL THEM VERSATILE?

Because they are!
Firstly they all have two sides which are different and, unlike a flat board, you can use these fabric backgrounds in a multitude of ways. You can shoot with them flat, crumple them, fold them, drape them, use the edges, etc etc etc...
They will repay the creativity that you as a photographer put into them.

ARE THEY COLOUR FAST & CAN I WASH THEM!

No & No!!!
These are handpainted with several layers of paint and are NOT stable! Please do not wash them (unless you want to totally change the colours) and please do NOT put them in a washing machine with your lovely new white shirt...YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

SOME OF MY BACKGROUNDS FEEL ODD, WHY IS THIS?

In order to maintain the fabrics ability to drape and act like fabric, I have to use a lot of fabric conditioner with the paints.( I only use environment-friendly products). Some of this conditioner has to be left in the fabric which is why some of them have a slightly silky feel.
If I did not do this the fabrics would be stiff and crispy and would not be as versatile.

HOW DO I GET RID OF CREASES?

The best way is to do what I do.
Spray them with a little water and hang them out to dry in the beautiful warm Bulgarian sunshine and unpolluted Balkan breezes, however...if this option is unavaliable to you I suggest hanging them up and steaming with a steam iron.
As I have stated before, they are NOT colour fast so, to avoid getting paint on your iron, hold it a couple of centimetres away from the fabric and let the steam do the job.

HOW ARE THE BACKGROUNDS DELIVERED?

Rolled on a plastic tube, not folded so there are no creases to be ironed out.

DO YOU DELIVER WORLDWIDE

YES! At the moment, because I am so nice and generous, delivery within the EU is FREE...
For delivery to the US there are two options:
1: Delivery by Bulgarian Postal Service (tried and tested and extremely reliable). Fully trackable service, approx 10 days delivery time - €45.00 for 1-4 backgrounds. For over 4 backgrounds it is easier to send in 2 or more packages as over 1.5kg prices rise alarmingly!
2: Delivery by DHL Courier service. Fully trackable, 3/4 days delivery time - €85.00 for 1-4 backgrounds. As with postal deliveries, for over 4 backgrounds it is easier to send in 2 or more packages as over 1.5kg prices rise alarmingly!

CAN YO HELP ME IMPROVE MY PHOTOGRAPHY USING THE BACKGROUNDS?

Yes! Alongside my regular work as a photographer I run workshops and courses for photographers of all levels. Details on my website...

www.timclinchphotography.com