Comparing Backdrops

  • Comparing Backdrops

    There is an overwhelming amount of choices available to studio photographers when it comes to equipment and gear. Photographers must decide location, model, camera lens, props, and lighting setup of their photo shoot in addition to choosing the perfect backdrop. While the background may not seem as important to the end product as other factors, it can really make or break the photo. 

Choosing the Right Backdrop for Your Photo Shoot

Choosing the Right Backdrop for Your Photo Shoot

Backdrops come in so many styles and types that it can be downright confusing when trying to find that perfect match for your next shoot. No one has time to try every backdrop during a shoot, so developing a good instinct for the right style and material, whether in the studio or on location, is a skill every photographer should learn.

Working with White Seamless Paper: Super White vs. Pure White vs. White

Working with White Seamless Paper: Super White vs. Pure White vs. White

In this article we'll be discussing the differences between each of the 3 Savage seamless white paper colors along with different light setups and side by side examples of each. This should help you decide how to pick the right white seamless paper for the job and how to setup your lights for different effects.

Advantages of Using Canvas Backdrops

Advantages of Using Canvas Backdrops

Photography backdrops vary in style, size, shape and color. Understanding the basics of each type of background can seem quite intimidating. Of all the choices, the beauty of a canvas backdrop cannot be matched. From their unique coloring and patterns to their long life and versatile usage, they’re great for the amateur or pro photographer. 

What is Translum™?

What is Translum™?

Savage Universal offers a unique backdrop called Translum that gives photographers perhaps the most useful material available for making white backdrops. That’s because Translum not only works great in this regard but also happens to be a photographer’s best friend when it comes to transforming light.

Why Should You Use Studio Backdrops?

Why Should You Use Studio Backdrops?

While there are many inexpensive substitutes to a studio backdrop such as a bed sheet or plain wall, you will soon discover that “you get what you pay for”, and that using a nice solid photo backdrop is a great idea irrespective of your desire to cut costs.

Using Your Imagination with Floor Drops

Using Your Imagination with Floor Drops

Go into your studio. Take a look down at your feet. Now go a few inches farther down and take a good look at the floor. It’s probably dirty, and no amount of cleaning is going to make it look any better than it is now. Don't worry, there is a solution, especially if you’re going to create something beside your standard backdrop: Floor Drops

How to Choose a Green Screen Backdrop

How to Choose a Green Screen Backdrop

The three most important considerations with green screen photography are the size of the object you’re photographing, the location of your shoot and the choice and size of the green screen backdrop. 

Floor Drops vs. Photo Backdrops

Floor Drops vs. Photo Backdrops

Photographers are slaves to the elements. Yet there's no predicting when you'll need that perfect setting that you've scouted in nicer weather, such as a ramshackle building with a worn concrete floor and old wood walls. Or a grassy football field for making portraits of athletes. The solution is to re-create a location in the studio using realistic floor drops. 

Storage and Cleaning Solutions for Vinyl Backdrops

Storage and Cleaning Solutions for Vinyl Backdrops

For the photographer looking for durability and cost-savings, vinyl backdrops are the way to go. Although vinyl backdrops can withstand the test of a busy, hi-volume studio, storing and caring for them is still needed.

Green Screens vs. Blue Screens

Green Screens vs. Blue Screens

Once only the realm of big-budget Hollywood productions such as ET, green screen (or chroma key) technology is now available to all. Any business or budding filmmaker can create amazing corporate videos or digital shorts. But how do you decide which color to use? It’s a snap once you master a few basics. 

Pros and Cons of Seamless Paper

Pros and Cons of Seamless Paper

Seamless paper: everybody’s got it and everyone has an opinion about it. We scanned the internet to curate what your peers are saying about this staple of every studio. 

When Should You Use a Collapsible Backdrop?

When Should You Use a Collapsible Backdrop?

However you wind up using them, collapsible backdrops belong as one of the top ten essential tools you absolutely must have at your disposal at all times as a photographer, indoors or out, and they’re easy to use.

Muslin vs. Seamless Paper

Muslin vs. Seamless Paper

Admit it photo geeks! When you look at a photograph of a model you don’t always zero in on how the shot was composed, nor the model’s eyes. You inspect the backdrop. You check its texture, color, how it was lit, and how well it complements the model. At least I do, because that’s what I look for during the creative process while shooting.

The Psychology of Color: Creating a Mood with Your Backdrop

The Psychology of Color: Creating a Mood with Your Backdrop

Why does color evoke such a strong opinion? Color is an integral part of our visual language. We react to color subconsciously and form strong emotional responses before we even realize it. 

Pros and Cons of Using Muslin Backdrops

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Muslin backdrops are kind of the Rodney Dangerfields of the photography industry. Like the dear departed comedian, they often don’t get much respect. And, they have a similar world-worn, beat-up look to them (at least most of them do). But these aren’t necessarily bad things. 

5 Reasons to Use Backdrop Paper

5 Reasons to Use Backdrop Paper

I used to use bed sheets, brick walls, apartment walls, basically anything I could find that would make a suitable background. Then, one day I got a photo studio, with high ceilings, auto-poles and three different colors of paper backdrops. I never used a bed sheet again! 

The Green Screen Alternative: Black, Gray and White

The Green Screen Alternative: Black, Gray and White

Do you absolutely need to use a green screenAbsolutely not! If you don’t have a chromakey setup, no green screen, or blue one for that matter, there are ways of working with what you already have. Black, gray, and even white seamless backdrops are a popular alternative to green screens for digital still photography.

Celebrate Special Occasions with Printed Backdrops

Celebrate Special Occasions with Printed Backdrops

Clients most often request photography services around special events in their lives. New family members, birthdays, weddings, and other milestones are important to document to preserve memories, emotions and special times. Here are 5 special occasions Savage's new line of Printed Background Paper can come in handy. 

Savage Economy Background Kits: The Perfect Solution for Beginner Studio Photographers

Savage Economy Background Kits: The Perfect Solution for Beginner Studio Photographers

The new Savage Economy Background Kit fit all my requirements for a studio background setup. Designed for photographers who want a professional look that won’t break the bank, the Economy Background Kit is a great choice for students, part-time photographers, and anyone starting out in portraiture. I was excited to see what this new offering could do for my photography.