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.
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.
Whether you’re on the road or in a studio, the second most important thing you’re going to pay attention to is background. It’s safe to say that the least amount of distraction behind your subject will make for a better picture. So let’s consider photo backdrops, and most specifically, muslin backdrops.
Muslin is much more than just a lightweight backdrop or lighting tool, it is a fabric that dates back as early as the 3rd century CE with a vast history and a variety of uses. The origin of the word “Muslin” is ambiguous and often debated.
Muslin backgrounds are easy to transport, lightweight, and fold up nicely whether you want to store them or take them with you on a job. They look extremely professional and hang or drape perfectly creating interesting soft shapes in the background of your photographs. They come in many different styles, which can make deciding on the one that is best for your project a tough choice.
When you’re traveling as a photographer, unless you have a truck that carries your entire studio with you, considerations have to be made with regard to space and size that will greatly influence the kind(s) of backdrop you carry with you.
Savage Universal is a proud sponsor of the Photographer's Adventure Club! In August, they hosted an exotic Egyptian themed photo shoot, where their VIP guest was a huge boa constrictor! The photos feature Savage's beautiful Pisa Hand Painted Muslin backdrop.
This photo gallery was shot by photographer Ryan Walsh, featuring our popular Light Gray Washed Muslin. This long-lasting, universal backdrop is great for adding textures, colors, playing with accessories or creating fun poses. The lovely gray helps keep the attention on the subject allowing for different looks with different lighting techniques.