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Looking for some extra tips on setting up your new roll of BD background paper or how to keep your muslin backdrop wrinkle-free? Check out some of our blogs here for tutorials, tips and resources for beginners and pros alike.

Choosing a Professional Photography Backdrop

Choosing a Professional Photography Backdrop

Choosing the right backgrounds for photography adds depth to your photos and makes a big impact on the overall professionalism of your shoot. Whether you are choosing a studio backdrop or paying close attention to items that occur in the background area on location can make or break your shoot. A misplaced item can throw a photo off, but creating a seamless scene brings depth and dimension to the photo.

Seamless Background Paper

Seamless background paper offers a modern and seamless background in over 50 colors. Paper backdrops are constructed from thick, construction-like paper and used portions can be cut and torn off after a particularly dirty or messy photo shoot. 

Photo by Ryan Walsh

Vinyl Backdrops

Vinyl backdrops have a matte finish that helps keep out glare. High key photography set in a permanent location works well with vinyl.

Muslin Backdrops

Muslin backdrops are a classic choice for photography and have many advantages. These are made from a closely woven cotton cloth. It is lightweight, easy to store and transport. 

Photo by Ryan Walsh

Canvas Backdrops

Canvas backdrops are also popular and can also be easily painted. They are heavier than muslin, so they're best for use in studio. Because they are triple layered, these backdrops block out light. Although they can be folded for storage, leaving them hanging on a backdrop support system is more efficient and will help them keep their seamless look.

Collapsible Backdrops

For versatility, collapsible backdrops are the way to go. They fold up very small and are easy to take on location. Many are also reversible to give you an extra option while shooting on the go.

Photo by Ryan Walsh

Green Screens

Chromakey backdrops offer another type of versatility. These are usually green screen or blue screen and work in cooperation with photo editing software to give photos that "on location" look even when the location is nowhere near. 

Ultimately, what you choose to use for a backdrop will depend on where and what you are shooting. The mood you want to convey with your shoot, as well as your budget are also factors. You'll want to look at whether you are shooting inside or outside, what type of lighting will be available, and what types of support systems you will have for your backdrops. How much time you're allotted to remove wrinkles from backdrops or setup is also a concern. Once you consider all this, you can make the best choice for your shoot.