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.
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Our friend Leigh Demshar with Bouncing Light Photography tested out our durable Matte Black Vinyl Backdrop in her studio this month. Thanks to her creativity and curiosity we got a first-hand look at photos taken with both family & pet models!
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.
Photographers are slaves to the elements. Yet there’s no predicting when you’ll need that perfect setting that you’ve scouted in nicer weather, such as a ramshackle building with a worn concrete floor and old wood walls. Or a grassy football field for making portraits of athletes. The solution is to re-create a location in the studio using realistic floor drops.
Backdrops come in so many styles and types that it can be downright confusing when trying to find that perfect match for your next shoot. No one has time to try every backdrop during a shoot, so developing a good instinct for the right style and material, whether in the studio or on location, is a skill every photographer should learn.