GUIDES

How To Use A Vinyl Photography Backdrop

In this 10 minute blog you will learn:

  1. How to flatten out your rolled backdrop before shooting
  2. Simple ways you can use your backdrop at home and in a studio
  3. Techniques for lighting your set
  4. Care tips and tricks to keep your backdrop looking good for next use

1: HOW TO FLATTEN OUT YOUR ROLLED BACKDROP BEFORE SHOOTING:

Step 1 :  Shake your backdrop out of the shipping tube

Step 2: Unroll and re-roll in the opposite direction 

Step 3: Place back into the tube for a few minutes (We usually make a quick coffee at this moment)

Step 4: Un-roll your backdrop and there you go a perfectly flat backdrop ready to shoot with

Couple of notes here: 

  • If you need to use your backdrop immediately you can use tape (Kraft or masking tape) to secure the edges down
  • Vinyl backdrops that are left to rest on a Lebel surface will eventually settle completely flat 
  • Be careful with your backdrop, if you scrunch or fold the material this can permanently crease or buckle the vinyl. 
  • Avoid contact with very hot / sharp items as well as strongly pigmented substances
  • If your backdrop comes into contact with any liquid, wipe with a soft damp cloth directly after use. 
  • Vinyl is water-resistant and easy to wipe clean, but it is a printed product so be gentle. 

2: SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN USE YOUR BACKDROP AT HOME AND IN A STUDIO:

  • Flat Lay
  • Behind the set (as a wall)
  • Underneath the subject (as a floor)

Couple of notes here: 

  • For food photography or product photography you can simply use the flat-lay approach and create wonderfully strong imagery. Simply pop the vinyl down on a flat surface such as a table or coffee table near a window for natural lighting. Then add the items you want to photograph on top, stand above and shoot away.
  • To use your vinyl backdrop as a wall, you can tape your backdrop to a wall or clip the wedges onto a hanging rail vertically. Pop a table with your items in-front and get snapping! 
  • Mix and match the same or different backdrops for wall and floor scenes to experiment with different styles or moods. Complimentary colours and textures works great for this style, whilst using the same backdrops creates a seamless look that doesn’t distract the viewers eye from the items to the backdrop. You can see more of this on our instagram : instagram.com/hellohungrytiger 

3: TECHNIQUES FOR LIGHTING YOUR SET:

There’s three ways of lighting your set :

  1. Studio Flash
  2. Constant Light
  3. Natural Light

Studio Flash is a great way to control the lighting of your scene. LED/ Strobe or studio flash offer endless possibilities. Again, you can see more of this on our Instagram : instagram.com/hellohungrytiger

Natural Light produces airy, soft illumination that is perfect for flat lay and editorial shot. A good tip is to shoot on an overcast day or use a sheer white curtain to soften the light a little. This is the most attractive lighting for most still life photographs. Silver or white reflectors can also be used to bounce light back into your scene or black card to block light and change the dynamic of the shadows within your shot. 

Constant Light is a great way to shoot still life photography. It allows you to see exactly how the shot will look as you’re setting up, whereas natural light changes as the day goes on. 

4: CARE TIPS 

  1. When finished with your vinyl backdrop you should remove all tape as this can remove the print
  2. Roll the backdrop back into the shipping tube provided.
  3. Store rolled lightly out of the tube & secure with some masking tape
  4. If you can store your backdrop flat in an A0 portfolio case then even better
  5. Some of our customers keep their backdrops under their sofas. Great storage saving ideas, just be careful if your kids or pets get at them! 

We hope you have enjoyed today’s Blog post on how to use a photography backdrop, if you have any questions please feel free to send us a DM on instagram or contact our friendly team on: hello@hungrytigerstudios.com 

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