Photoshoots can be done with different kinds of backdrops – hand painted backdrops on canvas or paper backdrops. Both of these kinds of backdrops have their pros and cons and can be used for photoshoots according to the photographer and client’s needs.
Hand painted backdrops have a few advantages compared to paper backdrops. They are more tough and sturdy compared to paper backdrops. Hand painted backdrops are unique and can have different textures.
These canvas backdrops allow the photographer to play around with the texture and colour of the background. With changes in the white balance and aperture one can increase or decrease the textures and also change the tone of the background. This is a huge advantage as it allows the photographer to achieve the desired look and feel and meet the client’s requirements.
Paper backdrops on the other hand are usually of a solid colour and have a plain and simple look.
However, paper backdrops allow one to shoot full body and half body images easily. As they are cheaper and come in bigger sizes compared to hand painted backdrops one can roll them down and use them for product and headshots of various kinds.
Backdrops at our studio-
We, at COCO Creative Studio use both kinds of backdrops – paper backdrops and hand painted backdrops. Our hand painted backdrops are by Gravity Backdrops who manufacture high quality hand painted backdrops on canvas which one can easily order online.
We have several backdrops from Gravity Backdrops at our studio of varying sizes and textures. The smaller ones are useful for half body headshots and portraits and the larger ones can be used for full body shots with the client either standing or seated on a small tool.
Following are some of the photoshoots we have done with hand painted backdrops-
We prefer using Gravity Backdrops for our editorial and portrait shoots. They make beautiful portraits which are striking and appealing. Each backdrop is unique thus making the end product more effective. The patterns and textures help in blocking any extra or unwanted light and also give a luminous effect.
However, shooting with a white paper backdrop is still a high request for corporate photography. If we are shooting many individuals for corporate headshots we usually do it with a plain white paper backdrop. This makes the process much faster and also allows the company to use the image for various purposes. They can easily be edited in post processing softwares like Lightroom and Photoshop. One can create PNGs of the same with transparent backgrounds without much difficulty as they are shot against a plain white backdrop. The photographer can easily shoot half and full length shots depending on the client’s needs and deliver the final images accordingly.
Following are some of the photoshoots we have done using plain paper backdrops-
Shooting with paper backdrops definitely provide a clean and fresh look. They do not have any scope of distractions and solely focus on the subject. We also use coloured paper for product photography which make the images more vibrant and engaging.
Our clients are very happy with the choice of backdrops at our studio! Both, the hand painted backdrops and paper backdrops are great. They provide a different look and feel to the images.
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