Photographic Backdrops and Background Supports

With photography lighting in a studio wether it be for video lighting or studio flash photography then you need some sort of background. We stock White, Black, Grey, Chroma Key Blue and Chroma Key Green all are seamed and have a rod pocket for use with a background support.

We stock some basic colour’s in three sizes 8 ft x 12ft, 8ft x 16ft and 10ft x 20ft, these are made from high quality 100% cotton muslin starting with our White Backdrop this is probably our most popular. If your looking for pure white backgrounds to your pictures then this needs to be lit evenly with more light than is falling on your subject, with studio flash this relates to about a stop more light.

Then we have the Black Backdrop and to get a really black background to your image or video you need to try and keep the light away from it, bring your subject away from the background to try and stop the light spilling onto it. To define your subject it is important to have a hairlight lighting from the back this will give a rimlight effect stoppingĀ  your subject blending into the background, you can also get some good effects if you light the black backdrop it will go grey in varying degrees depending on how much light you shine on it, with coloured gels you can also add colour effects,

The next one up is the Grey Backdrop probably the most versatile of all, aproximately 18% grey its possible to make it grey, white or black, Gavin Hoey has produced a great video using one of our grey backdrops showing how to do this with studio flash, if you click the videos link on the right of this page this is where all our videos are. Grey Backdrop Video

Chroma keying is a great way to put any background you want onto your video or picture, extensively used in TV and film studio’s, we stock Chroma Key Blue and Chroma Key Green backdrops, the idea here is to make sure it is lit well and evenly. This can then be selected with image editing software or video editing software which allows you to replace what was there with something of your choice, you do need to make it look as convincing as you can and this is the art to have the new background match your subject.

For the 100% cotton muslin backdrops you need to support it on something and we have 4 different Background Supports to choose from.

If you are on the move then we have 2 pop up backdrops one is black one side and white the other this one we call for some reason Black and White Popup 100 x 200cm the other one we have is a chroma key green Chroma Key Green Popup 100 x 150cm.

Care of your backdrop

As they are 100% cotton they do crease, the best way to deal with this is to use a steamer to get out the wrinkles if you need to travel with your kit then they do some good low cost travel steamers., Failing that use a bottle that with a fine mist, use this to mist with water to reduce the creases. With the popup backdrops its important to do this as when they reach you they have been folded for a long time so steam or mist these and leave out and the creases will fade.

If your backdrop becomes dirty then you need to wash it, if you can just wash by hand the part that is dirty only use mild detergents failing this then they can be machine washed on a low temperature with mild washing powder used for coloureds you can also dry clean but ask your dry cleaner to do a spot test on somewhere that doesn’t notice before going ahead.

Almost forgot we have backdrop clips that can help to pull your backdrop taut.

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