First things first – this is a product review post. Still, this post is based solely on my opinion and my experience with the product(s). When I first started shooting people I volunteered by taking pictures of military families whose spouses and/ or parents were deployed away from home station. Every one of my sessions were on location; and I enjoyed it very much. Then my priorities changed and I suddenly did not have as much time to shoot portraits on location every time. Instead, I started shooting indoors and I loved it as well. What happened? Well, even though I loved working in my home studio I was sort of getting bored with its limitations. Mostly the lack of the background. I wanted to try different things. The bottom line is that I knew I needed new backgrounds. I also knew that high quality backdrops were expensive, but I also believed that backdrops would spruce things up a little bit when it came to my photography. So, where do you get high quality backgrounds (backdrops) without breaking the bank? Is this even possible? Well yes, it is.
I stumbled upon this amazing backdrop company Backdrop Outlet and I consistently browsed their website. When I got the opportunity to try some of their backdrops I was thrilled!
Large Rose Cloth in Ivory (5 x 9)
I first tried the Rose Cloth background in ivory color and not only did I love it, but my clients really loved it! It has great texture and you can use it more than one way. I used it as a classic backdrop, a floor cover and a chair cover. The best thing about this backdrop is that it doesn’t wrinkle easy at all. I took it on a 600 mile trip, rolled up like a towel, and it did not wrinkle at all. I used it to shoot mothers and baby boys and girls and it worked perfectly with each type of portrait. It is a sturdy 5 x 9 backdrop with a sewn in rod pocket (about 4 inches) that allows super easy set up.
The only thing that could improve this backdrop would be to make it a bit thicker. It is already quite thick with all the roses sewn on; yes, it’s a 3D backdrop!! But if you put it against a very dark background it loses the soft ivory color on those spots that are not covered with roses. However, this was not a problem for me even though my walls are white and floors are dark hardwood. I don’t think it would be an issue because this very tiny imperfection is hardly noticeable in photos. Also, if I am shooting toddlers on the (hardwood) floor, I usually insert a pillow or a blanket under the backdrop to make the space more comfortable for their tiny bodies. I usually use lighter colored blankets and pillows and, in my case, that resolved the issue I had with my very dark floors. If you are working on a carpet or a lighter colored floor, you will not have that issue.
Overall conclusion: I would recommend this backdrop to my friend!
I love this backdrop mostly because of its size, quality, and versatility. If you shoot mostly women or children, you cannot go wrong with this backdrop. I used it for a mother’s portrait session in Five Great Ways to Pose a Woman. The regular price of this backdrop is $119 but you can get it on sale for $69.
Blue Metallic Mod Cloth (5 x 9)
The second backdrop I tried was the green-blue mod cloth, also 5 x 9. What can I say? Wow! It is magnificent! No matter how hard I tried to find an issue with this backdrop, I couldn’t find one. The closest I got to finding one is that if you fold it tight and ship it from California (where the company is) to Italy (where I am), it will have a folding line in the middle. Still, that mark disappeared after I ironed it, and since I usually roll large items rather than fold them, I don’t have that issue anymore.
Same as the rose cloth, this backdrop also has a sewn in, 4″ rod pocket. I took this one on a 600 mile trip and it unrolled perfectly. I just love how portable these things are! I can take them from my home studio to a client’s house with no problems. The best thing is that everyone loves them!
The most brilliant thing about this blue cloth is that you can use both sides. The front size has a beautiful design while the back side is blue and metallic. This is basically a 2-in-1 backdrop that allows you to focus on your clients face by using the back side or to get a more edgy portrait with the design on the front side.
Overall conclusion: I would give this backdrop as a gift to a friend.
Honestly, I cannot think of a portrait session that could not use this backdrop: newborns, kids, families, etc. I used it both for this little girl’s portrait and for a boy’s birthday portrait in Taking Pictures of Toddlers. The current price for this backdrop is $69. Haven’t I told you that you can find high quality backdrops at an affordable price?
Finally, both of these backdrops are high quality and simply beautiful. Even better is that Backdrop Outlet not only has reasonable prices, but they often have sales and discount actions for their Facebook fans. So, what are you waiting for? Become a fan on their Facebook page and make sure you don’t miss out on their incredible sales.
Now, not only did I get to try their backdrops, but you now have a chance to own one!
[Giveaway closed April 2012]
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