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.
Paper backdrops are the best backdrops! Okay, we may be a little biased, but they do have some undeniably great advantages. While paper backgrounds are a popular tool for studio photographers beginner to expert, we wanted to offer some basic tips for new users to help make sure you have the best experience with Savage Paper.
For the first time in my photography career, I walked into a collaborative photo shoot completely clueless. No tearsheets, no mood board, no pre-lighting, just a strong team and a small studio. No planning, no preparation and somehow we came up with a shining set of imagery, all due to bright colored Savage seamless paper. That was the piece of the puzzle that made it a picture.
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!
Recently, I stumbled upon a stream of advertising, in which they used a slew of muted colors as the backdrop for a winter campaign. Inspired by the campaign I set out to create my own editorial using shades of color that aren’t on the “bestseller” list. My goal was to create a moody series with top notch high fashion styling and an experienced model that could compete with the model seen in the colorful marketing campaign.
Backdrops are a great way to add variety and style to your sessions but sometimes having a cache of every color and type can also be pricey. Some ways to save on backdrops is to make your own. With a little brainstorming and some markers, tape or creative propping, you’ll be able to build one-of-a-kind backdrops using seamless paper.
So, you're relatively new to photography, you want to build a killer portfolio and above all, you want to stand out from everyone else. When you're just graduating from school with $50k in loans and paying New York City rent prices, how in the world does one do this? Simple. Get crafty.
Over the past year, I learned to love subject separation and black never gave me the contrast I wanted in a photograph.I decided to give black another shot and setup a test fashion shoot to compare black vinyl to black seamless paper as well as hopefully reduce the anxiety and revitalize my passion for shooting on a black background.
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.
Because of the cost factor of seamless paper, many photographers do not take the time to care for their seamless paper thinking of it more as a disposable studio item. Dirt, dents and tears are the norm in many studios but it doesn't have to be that way. Given the proper treatment, seamless paper can be used for up to several years.
By combining gels along with colored seamless, photographers can play with multiple color palettes, and create bold and engaging images.
If you're looking to switch things up for your next shoot I would consider using gels and lighting to get different effects. I use gels for a lot of my beauty & fashion work; I love adding a pop of color against a dark background for drama.
Although the height of pin up photography peaked in the 1930’s and 40’s, there is a new resurgence in this highly stylized type of photography. You can achieve the iconic photo styling of these famous images with a variety of fun backgrounds and lighting techniques.
Bringing in bright colored backgrounds will make your photographs “POP” and your subject feel alive. Incorporating bright backgrounds will also allow you to show off a bright, cheery and fun session with your session. I love to have bright colors in my teen and HS Senior sessions. This makes my sessions much more fun for my subject and emotionally grabs them and their friends when they view my images.
When I first started photographing portraits in studio I knew that I had to have a gray backdrop, but I often wondered which one was the “right” one to choose. In this article I’ll help you decide which shade of gray would be best for your particular application!
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.
We all know that seamless rolls out and provides the photographer with a uniform backdrop, but there are a number of additional uses that many people tend to overlook, and to make matters worse, nobody ever takes the time to tell you how to properly handle seamless.
Self-portraits (or selfies if you will) are all the rage. Why not start creating ones that will create a buzz and make your photography go viral? Using seamless paper for your background will give your image a dynamic presence, help eliminate any background distractions and make yourself the focal point of the shot.
Seamless paper can be extraordinarily helpful in creating a design your clients will love due to the wide range of colors available, affordable cost, as well as the ease of creating with a disposable product such as 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.
Choosing the appropriate size of seamless paper will take some assessment on your part. Do you tend to make head shots, or do you often photograph families - or both? Do you make a habit of shooting small products or large products? How big is your studio? Can it handle a 9-foot-wide backdrop roll? Or do you shoot in a spare bedroom where space is limited?
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.
While seamless paper may be the “bread and butter” of studio backdrops, photographers are no longer limited to paper. The world has opened up in any number of ways: you can choose from paper, muslin, floor drops posing as backdrops, green screens and even vinyl.
I've been working in the field as a commercial photographer for nearly 10 years. Savage seamless backdrop paper has played a large role in my studio work allowing me to provide endless color options to my clients at minimal cost.
Allow me to introduce you to our subject of the day. Meet Nigel. He is a 16-week-old fawn Great Dane puppy and has spent quite a bit of time in front of my lens lately.
Senior portraits are fun to shoot and they give you, the photographer, a lot of room creatively. When shooting graduation portraits, especially in a studio, you’ll want a clean background so your subject is the focus. Seamless paper is the perfect unobtrusive background solution.
I found Savage seamless backdrop paper in October 2013 and I absolutely fell in love with the ease of use, consistency of how it photographs and how cost effective it is to use. Since then I've grown my Savage collection to include many colors. I use them in almost every single session I shoot. The best part is even the scrap pieces get used at the end of the roll by my son who loves to paint and draw on pieces too small to use for shoots. Versatile and cost effective! That is truly what us photographers want!
Something about Mocha was just right; it wasn’t too light or too dark, the color itself was vibrant but not overpowering and it seemed to be right in the middle of the other neutral tones. I felt like I could manipulate the background the best; make it lighter or darker to suit the needs of each shoot.
This photo gallery was shot by photographer Rob Lopshire, featuring our new Plum Seamless Paper. These inspiring gold leaf flakes really bring to life the beautiful aura of our Plum background. In this session, Rob implemented focused background lighting for a darker purple look, but this new color can be easily manipulated with lighting to achieve a range of fuchsia hues! This background is a magnificent color option to have in any creative studio. See Full Gallery>>
This photo gallery was taken by photographer Ryan Walsh and features our calming Focus Gray Seamless Paper! Shooting with grays can beautifully sharpen or soften any subject depending on your desired look and is an ideal background for any mood! See Full Gallery >>
This photo gallery was taken by photographer Ryan Walsh and features our cool Regal Blue Seamless Paper! Regal Blue is a great photo background choice when looking for a blue color to help reinforce a theme in your image of tranquility or even a bit of confidence when brightly lit. See Full Gallery >>
Savage Seamless Paper is available in 68 beautiful and diverse styles! See what colorful paper backdrops can bring to your portraits with a simple, clean tone, or a bold and fierce effect. See Full Photo Gallery >>
Savage Universal is proud to announce Zhang Jingna as a sponsored photographer. Jingna is an exquisite fashion and commercial photographer, often diving into fantasy themes. Here is a sample collection of her various photography featuring Savage Black, White, Thunder Gray and Fashion Gray Seamless Paper Backdrops. See Full Photo Gallery >>
"Nowadays it takes something different to stand out from the crowd. Using the Ultramarine seamless paper from Savage really helps give my images a different, magazine quality look! It’s very versatile and I can see myself using it for everything from fashion to commercial applications. If you want your images to stand out you definitely have to check out the Ultramarine seamless paper!" See Full Gallery >>>
Photographer Craig Stidham held a great live demo at WPPI in the Savage expo booth on shooting with bright colored backgrounds. He shot on Canary, Tulip and Baby Blue paper backdrops, and explained the benefits as well as things to look out for when bringing in a vivid background to make your photos more appealing. See Full Gallery >>