Photography backdrops are a great way for studio photographers to add creativity, color, textures, and style to their images. There is a huge variety of backdrops on the market to choose from. Whether you are photographing newborns, products, or headshots, you need to know the best fit for you and your personal needs.
Your backdrops should work well with the lighting you are using and the size will depend on what you are shooting. Smaller backdrops obviously won’t work for full body shots.
Types of Backdrops
Green Screen Backdrops
Green screen isn’t necessarily a type of backdrop, but it is one way to play with a variety of backgrounds digitally. This is a more pricey option because it requires expensive digital software. You basically use a green or blue backdrop and digitally add a different backdrop via the software that comes with it. But, it is a great way to allow you unlimited flexibility when it comes to photo backgrounds.
Canvas backdrops are made from a more heavy-weighted fabric. They are much more long lasting and durable, but can be a bit more costly. Canvas comes in many different colors and patterns. You can even purchase hand painted canvas backdrops.
Vinyl backdrops are usually longer, so they work great for a variety of photo shoots. They have a smooth wrinkle-free texture making them easy to clean. They have a matte finish which helps prevent light glare.
Muslin backdrops are easy to transport because they are light weight. They are washable and can be stored or hung from most backdrop stands. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns. They also come in a few different styles, such as solid color, reversible, and hand painted. The price range for these varies depending on size and style.
Seamless Paper Backdrops
Seamless paper backdrops do tend to tear more easily and get dirty faster. However, they are generally very inexpensive which means you can afford to purchase more to give you more of a variety. They also come in MANY different colors. Seamless backdrops come in large rolls. They can be purchased up to 150’ wide, making them great for larger projects, like photographing cars or theatre and/or video work.
A 5’ by 6’ collapsible backdrop can be collapsed to only 26”. This makes them easily transportable. They are great for photographers who are always using different locations because they are easy to carry and store in your vehicle. Most are reversible, leaving you with two options to choose from when on a shoot.
As you can clearly see the options are plentiful when it comes to choosing your photography backdrops. Your decision needs to be based on budget, size of space you have to work with, purpose of use, and versatility.