Backdrops – Everything you need to Know!

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“Backdrop is a must-have photography tool” – Justina and Eisve.

If you are looking out for some easy hacks to enhance your photography, backdrops are what you need. In its literal sense, the backdrop is akin to a cloth hung at the back of a stage as a part of the scenery. However, the cost of actually buying a single backdrop can make a big hole in your pocket. 

Undoubtedly, photography is a challenging field. You need to weigh your probable expenditures and plan accordingly. One who uses the available resources effectively and efficiently is certain to make his mark in this creative industry. With the motive to help photographers create their unique style, we invited Justinas and Eisve to our dialogue session. 

Justinas and Eisve are two very creative and passionate professionals who founded The Migo Studio. They are the creators of MakeBackdrop Principles as well. At the dialogue, Justinas and Eisve shared some mind-blowing tips about making backdrops and how to go about upgrading one’s creative space. 

Picture Courtesy – The Migo Studio

In this blog, we have curated the tips and tricks in an easy-to-read and remember version. So, if you want some unique ways to spark your creativity and make your style more cohesive, continue reading!

Save Money, Use Hand-painted Backdrops

Shedding light upon the pricing factor, Eisve said, “If you go out to buy backdrops, there’s nothing available for less than 200$. Paying that extravagant sum of money for a single backdrop is a big no-no. What we suggest you do is opt for hand-painted backdrops, neither grey nor black. The hand-painted ones cost you between 20$-30$ to start with and you can get amazing backdrops in that price range. Not only that but the hand-painted backdrops help you set your style and is the fastest way to up-level as a portrait photographer.

To start with, using just 3-5 backdrops with a few apple boxes does the job. Rather than spending time and effort to accumulate different types and shades of backdrops, finalize on the ones which will get along with every portrait. Think creatively about how you can use the combination of lighting and filters to make your photograph stand out.”

Choose the Color and Texture Wisely

Picture Courtesy – The Migo Studio

“While choosing backdrops, think about the mood that you want to create,” said Justinas. “Decide if the mood that you want to create is light, bright, and uplifting or is it dark and moody. Ask yourself what mood are you trying to convey. Choose whether you want more visible light or more visible texture depending upon your photography style. Give a thought if you want the texture to be visible in your portraits or do you want the backdrops to just blend in. 

If your backdrop consists of subtle textures, a tip for you is to use the model wearing the clothes with more elements. However, if your backdrop has a lot of texture already, stay away from clothes with a lot of elements as that can be distracting to the eyes.”

Use Backdrops for the Floor 

Emphasizing this point, the backdrop masters said, “Backdrops can very much be used on the floor as well. There are very limited studios where the flooring matches your backdrop. Hence, in such instances, you can use the same backdrop for the floor. Apart from that, if you are shooting a model at full height, you would certainly want the floor to match perfectly with the backdrop. So, this is the best way out.

Also, backdrops are very durable and usually painted on cotton canvas. Hence, they will not be damaged very easily. If you are not comfortable using cotton canvas, going for paper-made backdrops is also a convenient option. You can carry it around easily and put it somewhere in a corner when not in use. As paper can be easily rolled up, it does not require a lot of space too.”

Backdrop Visuals and Camera Shots Are Not the Same

Addressing this, Justinas and Eisve said, “Your eyes see the backdrop differently while the camera shoots it differently. The final look of the captured shot depends upon a lot of factors like the lighting, post-production, usage of filters or not, and much more. Hence, the possibilities of creating illusion and variety are unlimited. Make the best use of it.”

Picture Courtesy – The Migo Studio

That’s It! You Are Good to Go!

Once you are clear with the basics, creating backdrops is a piece of cake. Follow the above-mentioned tips and points and you will be marvelled at seeing the backdrop shots! 

Here’s a Brownie Tip from Our End!

To get more such valuable insights and up-level your creativity skill game, join us at Capturing WOW Global Expo 2021 from the 1st to 7th October 2021. A 7-day event, this is an amazing opportunity for budding as well as experienced photographers to connect with 80+ speakers from across 30+ countries to learn, network, and showcase their talent. 

To book your tickets, click here and let your career grow!

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