Shooting on Seamless Paper

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    Savage Seamless Paper is one of the most cost-effective solutions for creating smooth, seamless backgrounds in portraits, commercial photography, and video production. Although most commonly used for studio work, seamless paper can be used for a number of other purposes, such as theater productions, special-event decorations, display banners, posters, even video projection screens.

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.

10 Tips to Remember When Working with Paper Backdrops

10 Tips to Remember When Working with Paper Backdrops

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.

Chroma Kinetics

Chroma Kinetics

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.

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! 

Capturing Off-Color - Exploring the Eccentric Shades of Savage Seamless Paper

Capturing Off-Color - Exploring the Eccentric Shades of Savage Seamless Paper

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.

Customizing Seamless Paper: Popular DIY Ideas to Fit Your Backdrop to the Occasion

Customizing Seamless Paper: Popular DIY Ideas to Fit Your Backdrop to the Occasion

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.

Creating Budget-Friendly Photo Sets with Seamless Paper

Creating Budget-Friendly Photo Sets with 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.

Black Seamless Paper vs. Black Vinyl

Black Seamless Paper vs. Black Vinyl

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. 

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. 

How to Make Your Seamless Paper Last

How to Make Your Seamless Paper Last

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.

Using Gels Alongside Colored Seamless Paper To Create Cleaner Shots

Using Gels Alongside Colored Seamless Paper To Create Cleaner Shots

By combining gels along with colored seamless, photographers can play with multiple color palettes, and create bold and engaging images.

Using Gels to Create Unique Backgrounds

Using Gels to Create Unique Backgrounds

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.

Using Seamless Paper for Pin Up Photography

Using Seamless Paper for Pin Up Photography

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.

Working with Bright Colors to Make Your Images Pop!

Working with Bright Colors to Make Your Images Pop!

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.

3 Shades of Gray: A Seamless Paper Comparison

3 Shades of Gray: A Seamless Paper Comparison

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!

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.

How to Set Up & Use Your Seamless Paper

How to Set Up  & Use Your Seamless Paper

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. 

Using Seamless Paper to Create Self-Portraits with Attitude

Using Seamless Paper to Create Self-Portraits with Attitude

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. 

Problem Solving and Set Creation with Seamless Paper

Problem Solving and Set Creation with Seamless Paper

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.

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. 

How to Choose the Right Seamless Paper Size

How to Choose the Right Seamless Paper Size

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?

What Backdrops are Best for Traveling?

What Backdrops are Best for Traveling?

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. 

Vinyl vs. Seamless Paper

Vinyl vs. Seamless Paper

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.

Seamless Paper: Expanding Beyond White & Black

Seamless Paper: Expanding Beyond White & Black

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.

Working with Pets in Studio

Working with Pets in Studio

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.

Choosing a Seamless Paper for Senior Portraits

Choosing a Seamless Paper for Senior Portraits

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. 

Using Seamless Paper for Newborn and Baby Photography

Using Seamless Paper for Newborn and Baby Photography

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!

Working with Mocha Seamless Paper

Working with Mocha Seamless Paper

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.