Seamless Paper: Expanding Beyond White & Black

Written by: Ryan Walsh, Published on: 22 July 2013

Seamless Paper: Expanding Beyond White & Black
Photo Courtesy of: Ryan Walsh, Featuring: Holly Seamless Paper

History of Use and Success

I've been working in the field as a commercial photographer for nearly 10 years including studio work ranging from traditional portraits to technical product photography, fashion catalog, glamour & beauty subjects, and more. 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.  

I've lost count of how many rolls of white paper I have gone through, but it has been a lot. Up until very recently, my go-to backdrop colors were super white, fashion gray, and black with the occasional neutral tones like almond or mocha for specific projects. I've always kept with those classic choices because they were the least distracting from the subject, and neutral color reference.

However, just recently I had the opportunity to shoot with over 20 colors of Savage seamless paper - everything ranging from vibrant blues, greens, pinks, and yellows to neutral creamy off whites and mixed grey tones.  

Here are some head shots, taken with vibrant seamless paper options:

studio blue seamless paperPhoto by Ryan Walsh, Featuring Studio Blue Seamless Paper

suede gray seamless paperPhoto by Ryan Walsh, Featuring Suede Gray Seamless Paper

turquoise seamless paperPhoto by Ryan Walsh, Featuring Turquoise Seamless Paper

tulip seamless paperPhoto by Ryan Walsh, Featuring Tulip Seamless Paper

purple seamless paperPhoto by Ryan Walsh, Featuring Purple Seamless Paper

rustic seamless paperPhoto by Ryan Walsh, Featuring Rustic Seamless Paper

In Use Tips:

I have 2 methods that I use for hanging the Savage seamless paper:

1.In my home-studio office we use the Bogen/Manfrotto 3 roll hanging system with the chain/pulley setup with 9 ft wide seamless paper. 

2.On the road I travel with the Savage Background Port-A-Stand Kit which I usually use for 9 ft width paper, and the Savage Multiple Polevault System which I use with multiple 4 ft width papers.  

**Use medium-weight squeeze clamps to clamp the roll of paper to the crossbar to keep paper from unrolling.

Keeping Seamless Paper Nice:

  • For 9 ft seamless rolls, re-use the cardboard shipping tube for storage.
  • For taping down edges, try gaffers tape or painters tape, it releases easier and can be re-used
  • For transporting/checking on airplane or pallet, hard shell light stand cases work best but you can use a soft bag too, try wrapping the paper in thick cello wrap. For multiple rolls, wrap them together… the bag handlers will have a much harder time throwing them around that way. Or buy at your destination (especially for 9 ft width paper rolls).
  • Manfrotto Background Paper Counterweight – this is a metal bar that clips onto the edge of the paper which helps prevent it from curling up; holds the paper flat and straight. 

About Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh

Ryan holds a Bachelors in Marketing from Grand Canyon University, graduating on the dean's list. He has been providing professional photography services starting in 2003 and internet marketing services starting in 2007. His experience in specific industries provides him with unique insight for practical application of photography as it applies to modern advertising mediums and business needs. Check out his website and follow Ryan on social media!

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