There are so many different things you have to think
about when building your photo studio, like lighting, props, and camera
equipment. Then, when you start shopping for backdrops, you will find out
something a little unsettling. There are hundreds of different options. How
could you possibly ever narrow down the options and choose the right
backgrounds to have available in your photo studio? If you are working with a
limited budget, the decision becomes even more difficult. To get started, there
are essentially five backdrops that every photographer should have. If you
don’t have the money to spend on lots of different options, then make sure you
purchase these four and you will be able to offer beautiful portraits. Then,
you can add to your stock once you get your feet off the ground.
It’s called an Old Master for a reason. This classic
backdrop has been considered the icon of professional photography for decades.
These days, when people like more spontaneity in their images, this backdrop is
often reserved for special occasions, but it works as sort of a catch-all,
appealing to numerous different session types, like:
Any photographer who has a studio should consider the Old
Master as one of the most important backdrops to always have available. This is
an option you will find yourself turning to again and again. For that reason,
be willing to spend a little more money and purchase a canvas backdrop. It will
look better and last longer.
Old Master, item number CO308 includes classic shades of brown. We have dozens of Old Master styles available on our wrinkle free Titanium Cloth here.
Every photographer needs a solid black background. This
will be the perfect option for taking black and white photography or capturing
dramatic color images. Virtually any type of photo session can be completed on
this background, including family, children, newborn, maternity, senior,
bridal, and more.
lovely maternity shot is on Diamond Cloth Black, item number AB500.
Every photographer also needs a solid white background. We've covered solid white in a previous blog, but we can't stress enough how important this is. White backgrounds can be used for so many things. A short list includes; hi key shots, head shots, promotional/product photography and much more. A solid white background can even be blown out and used as your green screen. Your masking software of choice should easily pick up the edges and make your drop out easy and clean. Below are just a few examples of how great white looks regardless of it's lack of color. We recommend to let the model stand out sometimes.
This adorable image was shot on our ultra durable Pro Vinyl White, item number AB406.
Some may be scratching their heads about now, but think
about it for a moment. When seniors come to your studio, they will want
something trendy and distinctly “teen” in style. The weathered brick wall has
just enough urban grunge to be perfect for senior pictures. Additionally, it
could be used for older kids, themed picture settings, and even engagement sessions.
weathered wall, item number CD001, is
perfect for senior sessions.
Holidays are always very important for portrait
photography and you will definitely want to ensure you have a good Christmas
backdrop so that you can offer holiday cards, family portraits and much more
during this season.
fun backdrop offers a traditional feel complete with tree, presents, and snow.
(Item number TC214)
If you have backdrops in these five categories, you will
certainly be prepared for any type of photography that clients may request.
This is a good place to start and these options are considered the staples for
any studio. With an Old Master, a black backdrop, a white backdrop, a senior scene, and a
Christmas option, you will be ready.
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