Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Manage Wrinkles as a Photographer

It doesn't matter if you're a studio photographer or shoot out and about, you're going to run into a wrinkled backdrop sometime. Wrinkles in most cases are a bad thing when it comes to photography. They distract the eye, they require you to spend time editing and nobody likes them. 

Here's how you tackle them!

You can start by avoiding materials that wrinkle. Here at Backdrop Outlet we carry many items to do just that. Our first and most popular would be Pro Vinyl. This comes in three great colors; White, Black and Grey. Each comes rolled and shoots wonderfully time after time. It's a must have for any professional studio photographer, amateur and anything in between. Pro Vinyl comes in several convenient sizes; 4.5'x6', 6'x9', 8'x16' and 9'x18'. And yes...you can do a cake smash on it! It's super easy to clean up. Simply wipe down with a wet rag and you're good to go.



Don't forget a floor!

If you're like us you'll want a floor that doesn't wrinkle, crease or move around a lot when stepped on. We took that all into account and came up with Candy Floors. The world's best flooring option for any type of photography. These great floors have a soft cotton top with a slip-resistant rubber bottom. This supplies a great surface to shoot on without the worry of it moving around or bunching up.  



Maybe you want something more portable?

Here are a few great options;

Titanium Cloth - Printed wrinkle resistant muslin like material that's washer and dryer safe.

Titanium Cloth is great for both studio use and on-the-go. Each background has a sewn rod pocket and a vivid image. The soft material allows for great wrinkle resistance. 


Diamond Cloth - Solid color wrinkle resistant poly/cotton backdrop that's washer and dryer safe.

Vinyl might not be the best option for photographers that lack storage or their own studio. Solid color Diamond Cloth gives you the quality of Vinyl without the bulk.



 
Fantasy Cloth -  The only backdrop that loves to be wrinkled! These amazing backgrounds are very affordable and work in many ways. You can backlight, shoot through, gel and drape them. The best part is that they're meant to be bunched up and shot as is!

Fantasy Cloth is a fan favorite around the world and deservedly so! These great backdrops begged to be wrinkled! Simply bunch them up and the wrinkles vanish into a fine texture. They come in solid and mixed colors to fit any shot you may have. Drape two or more pieces and unleash a world of new colors and textures!



But I want to shoot hand painted Muslin too!

Hey, so do we! When you store muslin you'll want to loosely fold them and store without added weight on top. If you do encounter wrinkles just hang it up and steam top to bottom. Steaming is quick and easy with our Steam Quick






Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DIAMOND CLOTH - THE WORLD'S GREATEST SOLID COLOR BACKDROP

If you've ever used solid color backgrounds you know that there's a few struggles you might deal with;
-they might wrinkle
-they might get dirty
-they might not hang straight/flush
-they might be tricky to light
-they might be pricey

Diamond Cloth is the answer to all those problems. It's wrinkle resistant, washer and dryer safe, easy to hang (each piece includes a sewn rod pocket across the top), simple to light and very affordable! What more could you ask for? 

Oh you're worried about the size? We've got you covered! Diamond Cloth comes in  5'x9' for kids, head shots, 3/4 shots and more, 10'x10' for any full shot using a separate floor, 10'x20' for groups, families and shots without an additional floor and lastly 20'x20' for those with dance recitals, sport teams, cars, elephants or whatever else.
 Diamond Cloth can be hung in any way you choose. We recommend either from a background stand or using our track system shown in the images shown.




Worried about what colors you may need? We offer 30 great color choices to fill any need. Various shades of many colors, true white, true black, chroma green and much more! Check out all these great images.





PURPLE DIAMOND CLOTH

AB514  









KHAKI DIAMOND CLOTH

AB512 









FUCHSIA DIAMOND CLOTH

AB511 
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MAGENTA DIAMOND CLOTH

AB516 
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 LIME GREEN DIAMOND CLOTH

AB527 





BLACK DIAMOND CLOTH

AB500 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY GIFT IDEAS FOR ANY OCCASION

You may be saying out loud to yourself right now "but...it's not even September yet". We'd have to agree with you, but photographers and photography enthusiasts have birthdays too! You don't even need a major holiday to let your good friend or partner know that you not only care, but support their passion. Let us show you what you might soon realize you'll want yourself!

 Photographers are some of the most fun loving and passionate people around. Why not get them something that can show off what they enjoy AND make them feel good at the same time? Our line of photography themed shirts is sure to hit the spot. 
You thought for a second we'd simply offer a unisex shirt? Not a chance! We have lines fit for both Men and Women. Grab a Women's v-neck for the photographer that wants to be fashion forward with their awesomeness.
*More great styles shown online 






So you've seen the sick line of shirts, but you're worried that the gift recipient is a bit too "refined" for a t-shirt. We get that. That's why we set out to design the cleanest line of photography inspired posters around! We sell these individually and unframed to allow you to choose what to do with it. You don't buy a home fully furnished, do you? Oh...sorry we assumed you'd say no. Well to the rest of you here's what you're looking for! 










At this point you've obviously nabbed a shirt or two and decked out not only your friends place in sweet posters, but also your own. Now you have to think about how you're going to enjoy a gift together. While we wouldn't recommend sharing a shirt, we do think a set of lens shot glasses would be a killer idea. We know that not everyone enjoys drinking and that's why we've used these little guys for a numerous amount of things;
-paperclip holder at the desk
-espresso cup
-fun prop for young ones
-mini plant holder 
and the list goes on...

Now we know you've got to be tired. You should also know we've got you covered! Grab a trendy pillow for home, studio or on-the-go use.
So whether you, your friend or someone you know enjoys photography you'll have a plan for that next gift idea! Check out all of these great gift ideas and more from Backdrop Outlet.  






Monday, July 7, 2014

Backdrop Outlet SUMMER WAREHOUSE BLOWOUT EVENT July 25+26, 2014

The Backdrop Outlet Summer Warehouse Blowout Event is back and you won't want to miss it! 

INVITE FRIENDS! 
• Printed Backdrops from $10 
•Mulsin from $19 •Closeout props from $5 

•Titanium and Platinum Cloth up to 80% OFF 
•Lights, Stands and Reflectors up to 75% OFF
And so much more! 
*First 50 customers receive a FREE GIFT*
Our biggest event sale of the year!
You're not going to want to miss it!

-Refreshments
-Drawings All Day
-Door Prizes
-Bruised & Reduced Items
-Plenty of Free Parking

You're not going to want to miss it!
http://www.backdropoutlet.com/WherehouseSale.asp



When?
Fri July 25th 9-5pm
Sat July 26th 9-4pm

Where?
Backdrop Outlet
3540 Seagate Way
Oceanside CA 92056
760-547-2900

Why?
Huge savings that you won't find ANYWHERE ELSE

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Top 10 Ways to Make your Online Photography Portfolio Stand Out

An online portfolio is the modern day calling card. It’s how many customers first see your photography and a first impression is as important as ever. Take these important steps now to get established online, showcase your work and help your photos reach the right people - and the right clients.

1. Give Yourself An Online Makeover

For a seasoned pro, it may be time to take a fresh look at your photography business and analyze what has been successful or not in the past. Stay up to date with tech and web advances, find new tools that can help your bottom line, and give your business an online makeover.

Ask yourself: is my website helping me achieve my business and marketing goals? Ask friends or colleagues to give you an honest review and change things. Good custom portfolio website builders offer things like search engine optimization (SEO), ecommerce capabilities and beautiful, customizable photo galleries.

2. Know Your Forte & Share Your Knowledge

It could be time to scale back and really find your niche. Decide what it is and then get busy telling everyone about it. Use your portfolio website to become known as an expert by writing articles and your work will be the back up evidence. Writing informative industry pieces specific to the kind of work you do will make you easy to find for clients looking for exactly what you provide.

3. Show Your Best Stuff

With so many images floating around, how do you select which photographs to showcase on your website? This might be your biggest obstacle. Again, you can ask a trusted friend or colleague for help. Select your best images to show off - potential clients don’t need to see everything you’ve ever shot.

Then take the stress out of how to make it all look professional by using an online portfolio service. There are many to choose from and a company for every budget. Portfolio building sites help you optimize all aspects of your website - from SEO and responsive photo galleries to ecommerce - so your photography looks and sells best.

5. Soup Up Your SEO

If clients can’t locate you in a search, they can’t hire you. This is where SEO comes in. For best results, select an online portfolio service that doesn’t use Flash. HTML based sites (versus Flash) allow you to create a best-practices optimized site, with search engine friendly URLs, crawlable content, and unique meta tags. These techniques make it possible to drive traffic to specific places on your site and build links to more than just the homepage.
 
6. Social Media Works

Be sure to enlist the help of social media sites - Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram. Stay active and advertise any promotions or events you have on the calendar. Also make comments and engage where your clients are. Comments on other pages and sharing things that are relevant to you and your business keep you top of mind for your fans and followers and help drive traffic to your site. It’s also nice to be nice, so any promotion you give to other sites and businesses will likely be returned in kind.

And if the majority of your business is local, Google+ is a priority social media site. Local search engine rankings are vital for smaller businesses, and a well optimized Google+ business page linked to your website is the place to begin.

7. Tell People What To Do

Once a prospective client arrives at your online portfolio, be sure there is a clear goal for them to complete. Maybe you want them to sign up for your newsletter, or complete a contact form. No matter the task, it should be openly stated and easy to do online.

8. Review and Be Reviewed

Review sites for business and services offer unbiased reviews of everything under the sun and consumers rely heavily on the information they provide. Get in the mix by writing your own reviews or comment on a beautiful image you come across. Sites like these allow you to create a descriptive user profile which can point directly to your website.

9. Give Client Love

And they will love you back. You can quickly and easily remind former clients of the great work you did for them and get them talking about you again. Identify your top clients and send them a note asking for a little mention - something as quick and easy as a Like on Facebook. Social media is how many people communicate and pick up references most commonly.

10. Circle Back

Link back to yourself as often as possible and make your online presence known. If you read up on industry matters, create a member profile with that publication and comment so other readers and commenters see your name and business. Make link exchanges with friendly colleagues or other local businesses so your name and site appears as everywhere possible.

Author Bio


Julian Dormon is the Founder of BigBlackBag, specializing in professionally designed online portfolio websites perfect for photographers, artists, and other creative professionals. He's an amateur photographer and professional entrepreneur with a passion for all things beautiful.

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