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! Since Leigh gets a lot of fun animals running through her studio each week we wanted to get her take on how the vinyl held up to the rougher handling, clean-up, and overall imaging with them. Below, you’ll also see how the black vinyl transferred over to a beautiful, dramatic maternity portrait session.
As I was wiping dog hair, slobber, and bits of string cheese off of the vinyl with a wet cleaning cloth, I thought to myself (actually, I was alone at the studio, and said it out loud to nobody), WOW! This is amazing. On traditional seamless paper, I would have been slicing off the evidence of the session from the roll, getting it ready for the recycle bin. Instead, with a simple wipe, the vinyl was clean and ready for next time. Fabulous! If I don’t have to throw it away, I am getting more bang for my background buck.
While I mostly use seamless paper for pet photography, I was eager to try out the vinyl as a backdrop for some sessions with humans, also. Black backgrounds can be challenging to keep black, certainly lighting your subject and not the background takes a bit of problem solving. I found that the black vinyl kept a really nice dark tone throughout the sessions, even when I moved my light in different positions.
See More: Black Seamless Paper vs. Black Vinyl
The vinyl is a nice weight. Heavy enough to not be easily damaged, but light enough that I can wield the 8’ wide roll by myself without any trouble. Perhaps because its winter in Cleveland (re: low humidity), I noticed that the vinyl did have a bit of static to it, attracting some dirt. But, a quick swipe of the cloth and voila, ready to go. Being reusable is the greatest quality of the roll vinyl.