All Photos Courtesy of Travis Curry
When I first received the roll of Plum Seamless Paper at my studio, I was happy to add another bright color to my backdrop inventory. I’ve yet to have a purple backdrop, but there have been times when I’m on a client shoot that I wished I had a purple backdrop.
At first sight, I thought that the color was absolutely gorgeous; I feel like any time I open up a new roll of Savage Seamless Paper, I’m blown away by the beautiful, rich color of the paper. My expectations of the Plum seamless were to be a darker color, mainly from Pantone swatches of dark plum and the actual fruit that I love to eat. I noticed the beautiful hints of magenta and the brightness of the paper’s color. I knew that this color would be really versatile for me to use in the studio, whether I was shooting editorial fashion, bright headshots and anything in between. I was excited to test out the range of colors that I could achieve with Plum.
What else I noticed is that the 107″ seamless paper now comes in a long Super Carton box; no more tube that’s been rolled in tape. I love the new box packaging and think it is great for storage, shipping and traveling.
What Plum Looks Like In Person
If I were to describe the in person look of the Plum seamless roll, I would say it reminded me of the color of Barney the Dinosaur’s costume. You know, that weird dinosaur from the ’90s? I tested out the backdrop with a few subjects and lighting setups. I also wanted to see how Plum would work against other shades of purple, so I bought out every purple produce I could find at my grocery store.
Plum In The Studio
My first setup was with a translucent umbrella because I wanted to see how well Plum worked with one big light source. Nothing beats a big, beautiful soft light source for portraits. I liked how the backdrop responded to this lighting, the photo really seemed to be a close match to what I had pulled out of the box.
I wanted to see how dark I could get this backdrop with my other lighting setups, so I experimented with my beauty dish, silver reflector and softboxes. I loved the results I was getting. As you can see, Plum can get really dark and have that rich, regal look. I think this would be perfect for a fashion editorial or a glam boudoir shoot.
Plum with Food & Products
While I am no food photographer; I wanted to play around and experiment with a new subject. I think that this could make a great color for food and product photography. I already started using some Plum swatches for backgrounds for my Instagram posts.
Plum is a beautiful color; I love the variety of shades and colors that I’ve been able to achieve from using this color. You can create stunning & regal fashion portraits, interesting product shots and super fun and bright family photos!