Homemade Backdrops for Photography


Photography can be a fun way to express your creativity. Almost everybody has a digital camera, and even novice photographers are capable of taking professional quality photos. Adding backdrops to your studio is a great way to create variety and add a professional element to your images.


For a basic solid backdrop, purchase a few yards of muslin fabric. It is available in several colors and widths. Buy from the widest bolt possible. These are an inexpensive and portable option that you will use over and over again.


To add even more options to your color palette, paint or dye muslin any color you want. You can match skin tones or clothing choices to each new client. To create a simple backdrop for professional head shots, purchase various shades of slate blue and gray spray paint. Paint your muslin in a mottling fashion, varying the amounts of each color throughout the fabric.

Painted Scenes

Get really creative and paint a scenic backdrop. Airbrush is a good technique to use. If you don't know how to operate an airbrush, use acrylics and trace your image onto the fabric using a projector. The choices are endless, and you can be as creative as your abilities allow: a wintry scene for Christmas portraits or a flowery meadow for spring pictures. Enhance your newly created backdrops with coordinating props.

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Jennifer Gibbons is a freelance writer in Florida. She has been writing professionally since 2001, and her work has appeared in magazines such as "Senior Living" and "Mature Lifestyles." She is working on a Bachelor of Arts at State College of Florida with a major in mass communications. Gibbons is also a professional photographer and an accomplished portrait artist.

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