Popup Backdrops easy tip.

popup backdrop

Popup Backdrops simple solution

If you have a Chromakey Green popup backdrop which is cotton muslin or the Black and white popup backdrop which is made of cotton muslin and is black one side and white the other. We have a reflector holding arm which will grip the popup both sides fit to your lightstand and you can put this in any position but there is a simpler solution.

You can use a Gorilla Studio clamp and we have made a small video to show you how easy it is just to attach it to your light stand.

This can also be used to fix a white foam board or black foam board or in fact a reflector although a reflector holding arm would be better.

 

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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 stopping  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.

Photographic Background Grey Backdrop

A grey backdrop you may ask what use is it, well the grey backdrop is the most versatile photographic backdrop you can get. You can obviously keep it grey but you can also make it black, would you believe that you could also make it white and if you can make it white then you can make it any colour you like.

Don’t believe me just look at this video, as if by magic Gavin Hoey uses our grey cotton muslin backdrop to do just that, he is using strobist techniques and our strobist softbox but the same technique can be used with any photography lighting including continuous lighting and studio flash .

We also have Gavin Hoey videos in our Tutorial category

Grey Backdrop

Strobist Softbox

Photography lighting

Continuous lighting

Studio flash

You have done it again

We would like to say a big thank you, our Video lighting has been depleted and the stock we had expected to last to the end of April has sold out. We still have stocks in our video lighting and continuous lighting categories with plenty of stock of the quad light the lightbank 350 and redhead lighting. A new shipment of out of stock items does not arrive until 19th April, we do apologise for this and will be increasing our stock holding to keep up with demand with shipments arriving monthly. If you are looking for studio flash lighting kits then we have good stocks of all studio flash models.

We have just received a shipment of cotton muslin backdrops so have plenty in stock including Chromakey Blue, Chromakey Green, White, Black, Grey in 3 sizes 8 x 12 ft, 8 x 16 ft and 10 x 20 ft. Not forgetting Chromakey green popup and the black and white popup backgrounds.

We are reducing the Lightbank 350 2 head kit for 4 weeks until our new stock arrives.

Black and White backdrop popup

We now have in stock a black and white 100% cotton muslin popup background 150 x 200cm, they are black one side and white the other. This is ideal for use around the studio as a background but actually is great if you are on the move as it packs down into its own 70cm diameter bag.

Its at home for use with studio flash or video lighting, it is also useful as a large white reflector. The black side can be used to kill light in fact acts as the reverse of a reflector.

Black White popup

Chroma key green screen lighting tutorial

This video is next in the series produced for us by Gavin Hoey of gavtrain.com. It gives you an insight into using a green screen or blue screen to change the background of your picture or video.

The items featured in the video are popup green screen, chroma key cotton muslin backdrops which we have in blue and in green and in a range of sizes, also the high power softbox continuous lighting kit and the lightbank 350 switchable cool light.

Checkout these links for all our continuous lighting kits or video lighting kits, we also have continuous lighting heads.