Seamless Paper: Expanding Beyond White & Black
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:
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.
**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.
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