How To Make Your Own Photography Backdrops

More and more people are turning to photography as a hobby. One of the reasons why photography has become such a hit is because of the price-drops when it comes to DLSR cameras. Today, you can buy a digital SLR camera for just a couple of hundred dollars. If you like taking portraits, however, you will need a backdrop to go with your camera. Here’s how you can make an inexpensive backdrop for photography.

  • Choose your fabric. First of all, you need to select the best fabric to be used for the fabric. There are some professional photography studios that use fabrics such as denim and even cotton, but the most popular is muslin. Muslin has enough weight to ensure that it does not flutter too much when the backdrop is used in open spaces, but is light enough to allow you to carry it wherever you need the backdrop. Muslin is also quite inexpensive, which means that you can easily replace it in case the fabric gets damaged, torn, or stained. It is also easy to clean.
  • Size. The subject that you use for your photography sessions will determine the size of the backdrops that you need to create. For instance, you will only need a backdrop that is around seven feet by five feet, if you will only use the backdrop for shooting portraits. If you are shooting larger objects, such as cars or furniture, on the other hand, you may need a backdrop that is much larger. The best thing about muslin is that you can usually get it in large sheets. Even if the local textile shop does not have muslin in the size that you need, it is quite easy to sew the sheets together so that you will have a backdrop in the size that you need. If you are worried about the stitch lines, simply use a thread that is the same color SA the muslin. Or, you can edit out the stitch lines in Photoshop.
  • Texture. Next, you should also consider the texture for your muslin backdrop. Flat and smooth is not always the best way to go when it comes to photography. There are plenty of people who like to have their photographs taken against a wrinkled background, because it makes the skin look much softer. Professional photographs also appreciate the play of light and shadow that hides in between the wrinkles.
  • Color. Next, you will need to determine the color for the muslin. Dyeing is the simplest way to color in your backdrop. All you need to do is heat up a large pot of water and add in some dye. Place your muslin in the pot and allow boiling for several minutes, according to the dye packaging instructions. Let the muslin hang dry afterward. You can, however, also create detailed paintings on your muslin backdrop, using acrylic paint.

To make it easy to store and transport your muslin backdrop, simply tack the top end of the muslin sheet on a wooden rod. This will allow you to wrap the muslin around the rod, which will keep the muslin flat and easy to store.


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