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Friday, August 12, 2011 by admin

It can take a while to get the hang of how to use backdrops and how to choose which works best for your shoot. But with practice you'll figure it out and before you know it, you'll be a pro. Follow this simple guide to help you get more familiar with backdrops: 

  • Patterns – Patterns can be a useful effect for certain shoots, but you need to make sure that the patterns won’t overtake the subject or focal point of your picture. If your subject has a busy pattern, then you’d want to stick with a solid pattern or color. Pay careful attention when choosing to use a pattern.
  • Material – Different settings call for different backdrops. If you’re doing an in-studio shoot, opt for vinyl. Vinyl is easy to clean and it lasts for a really long time. You can mount in on your wall if you want to create a smooth backdrop without seams. For another in-studio option, try using canvas hung from a roller system. (If you’re doing a body shot, canvas isn’t recommended). backdrop rental, pick up some photography books and scour websites to see their work. There are so many techniques out there that you would be cheating yourself if you didn’t find out about everything that’s available. 
  • Ideas – If you run out of ideas or would just like to find out what other photographers are doing in terms of backdrop rental, pick up some photography books and scour websites to see their work. There are so many techniques out there that you would be cheating yourself if you didn’t find out about everything that’s available.
  • Convenience – If you’re moving from place to place for your photo shoots, you may want to consider investing in collapsible backdrop rentals. Look for those that are lightweight and that will be easy to take along with you.
  • Muslin – Muslin is loosely woven cotton fabric from the Middle East. It’s actually been used for clothing and curtains but is also popular for being used as backdrops for both photography and theater. It’s versatile because you can use it plain, paint it, or even make it a little translucent if so desired. For photography it’s commonly used in formal pictures.
  • Natural – You can’t go wrong with a natural backdrop. It seems to capture the essence of the moment better than anything that could be created. There are a ton of ideas for natural backdrops as well. Copy what others have done and add your own flavor to it. You may surprise yourself. Whatever you choose to use for the background of your pictures, put enough thought into it so that it will mesh nicely with your focal point or your subject.

Whatever you choose to use for the background of your pictures, put enough thought into it so that it will mesh nicely with your focal point or your subject.

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