What Kinds of Materials are Available for Photography Backdrops

Photography backdrops often make or break a photo. Whether you need added texture, depth or color, your backdrop can enhance these features for you and make your pictures come to life. If you're looking for the right backdrop, check out this top list of options and what each one can do for you:

Canvas

Canvas backdrops are hand painted and should not be folded, as they tend to wrinkle easily. These types of backdrops are usually mounted on poles and need to be rolled up for transportation. Canvas material is glare free and are normally used for nature scenes. Canvas can be more costly than other photography backdrops, but they will last for years to come. 

Canvas

Canvas backdrops are hand painted and should not be folded, as they tend to wrinkle easily. These types of backdrops are usually mounted on poles and need to be rolled up for transportation. Canvas material is glare free and are normally used for nature scenes. Canvas can be more costly than other photography backdrops, but they will last for years to come.

Muslin

Muslin can either be a polyester cotton blend or pure woven cotton fabric. Unlike canvas, muslin does not wrinkle easily and if it does, they can be taken out with a bit of steam. Muslin can even be shoved into a bag after you use it, and it’s versatile enough to be used for a variety of different themes.

Seamless Paper

Seamless paper is usually Muslin's biggest competitor, simply because this produces a virtually wrinkle-free backdrop. As seamless paper is stored in rolls, it can be bulkier than muslin, but should it get dirty, you can simply discard the sheet and pull down another. Seamless paper can be bought in a wide variety of colors, but greys an whites are the most popular choice. This is one of the easiest photography backdrops to use.

This type of cloth is translucent and is generally used for artistic effects. It is not meant to be used as an alternative to canvas or muslin, but rather to be incorporated with other types of backdrops. Using fantasy cloth as part of your backdrop allows you to become more creative with textures, designs and colors. fantasy cloth is also very affordable.

Vinyl

Thin, plastic vinyl is often used for parties, while the vinyl that photographers utilize are of much higher quality. Since it's not made of paper or cloth, it is very easy to clean, which makes them the perfect backdrops for shoots involving children or animals.

Chroma Key

These backdrops are available in blue and green, and normally made from finely woven muslin. Chroma key is used for imposing an image onto your backdrop, and they can be found in large or smaller sizes, depending on what it’s being used for.

Velour, Velvet and Other Types of Backdrops

Velvet and velour are two fabrics that create a dark, rich backdrop and they do not reflect much light at all. Just like fantasy cloth, these types of materials create a very specific look.

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