When taking pictures, we concentrate intently on our subjects – but what about the background? Taking control of the backdrop can help turn a snapshot into a beautiful photo. A backdrop is the background setup including the background cloth giving charms to the Professional Photography. Backdrops can provide a solid, neutral background for a photograph and give color, dimension or a unique element to a picture.
Types of backdrop materials:
Paper Backdrop: Paper backdrops are readily available as big rolls in most of color you can imagine. They are fairly inexpensive you can buy several in different colors, so that you have multiple options. But the problems with paper backdrop is there smaller size isn’t wide enough for much more than a head shot while the wider size is very heavy, gets dirty, gets creased, tears and has to be constantly replaced.
Painted Canvas: Painted canvas can provide some truly stunning portraits. Many backdrop suppliers create them painted widely varying colors This could be an abstract painting with lots of different colors but They are expensive like paper, the wider ones are heavy, difficult work with and to transport.
Muslin Backdrop: Muslin is also a material used to make photography backdrops. This light-weight fabric is more expensive than paper, but still affordable. Muslin is typically attached to a backdrop stand. Muslin typically has more dimension than a paper backdrop, because it comes in marbled colors. Backdrop is a essential part of the picture which should have some Essential Features to make the image attractive and complete:-
Large Size: Backdrops comes in sizes measured in inches, not feet. Buy Backdrops in which sizes you can adjust .You need a real backdrop. Studio Cloth backgrounds are 12 foot by 20 foot and comes in even larger sizes.
Anti-glare coating: A backdrop should not get affected by the light glares and should give the desired affect to the photograph.
Durable and Real backdrop: Real finished backdrops in real finished backdrop sizes. That makes them more durable .
Layer’s: Beautiful Colors can be used on top of each other to change the look. Both colors will show mottled and swirled like a hand painted canvas background and Light painting like effects
Textural & diffusive: Softly diffuses the light around your subject.
Studio Backdrop should have a softly mottled diffusion pattern a back drop should have a more angular diffusion pattern.
Other important features can be ability to provide Special effect, portable easy to maintain and which could also produce some diffusive effects also Buy a commercially available background stand to hold your backdrops. They don’t cost much and for ease of use, stability, transportability etc. it’s better than making your own.