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Backgrounds / Backdrops are great ways to improve your photography!
Here's a small example, and see the listing below for some standard background sizes

We all know (er, well, we all should know) how a different background (also called a backdrop) can completely change the look, feel, tone, and atmosphere of a shot. That's why there are backgrounds! Hey, this isn't the forum for a photography lesson, but just as a "quckie" (no, not THAT kind of a quickie ;-) to give you an idea, look at the pictures below; both are the same girl. Only one has a blue background, and the other has a green background. Look at her eyes. See? If you want to improve your pictures and videos, you might consider using different backgrounds in your photographic endeavors. If you choose to try this, you'll need something to hold the backdrops: ergo, background stands and systems! See my auctions for some examples of background support sets.


Yeah, yeah, I can hear the purists already complaining about the lighting differences, but I ain't trying to make art here, nor is it a "lesson" but just an imperfect example, so keep quiet and make your own pictures; if you've got a better example, send it in (I'll use it!), OK? If not, then consider one of the great background packages and make better photographs!

Pet Peeve2: BTW, unlike some other sellers I've run across, all my merchandise is in stock for immediate shipment!

Some descriptions of the most popular Muslin backgrounds
Ah, most appreciated visitor, one of the "secrets" of pro photographers is the judicious use of backgrounds (also called backdrops). By placing our subjects (regardless of whether they're people or products) in front of a wisely-chosen backdrop, we emphasize and highlight the subjects in the most attractive and eye-catching ways. Virtually all great pictures are designed with attention to the background, and how that chosen background will make our victims (um, our "subjects," that is:) look better, stand out, or attract the viewers attention to (place the emphasis upon) our subjects.
One of the secrets of good photography is the thought the photographer puts into a picture before s/he even considers what type of film to use! The point here is that we have to train ourselves to think before we shoot! What color is our subject? How can we make that color (or shade) stand out? What do we want to emphasize in our picture? How will we direct our viewers' eye to our subject? How will we separate our main subject from any other elements in our photograph? Which angle should we shoot? Is it important to establish place in this photograph (i.e., is it important for the viewer to know where our subject is? Or do we want to hide the location)? THINK before you shoot! MAKE a photograph - don't "take" a snapshot! Learn to "design" your picture before you pick up your camera! I promise you that a good photograph doesn't require the genius of an Einstein - it just takes a little thought and preparation! You don't have to study photography for years, just train yourself to think before you shoot! Don't try to plan out 100 images all at once; think about one or two, and then use 10 rolls of film on just those two ideas. Shoot at different angles; shoot from different heights; shoot with different lighting angles; shoot with color film; shoot with black and white film; think, then shoot! Below: Some common muslins.
 6' 8" x 9' Raw muslin - This is a great starter background for those of us who are just begining to realize the importance of backdrops to good photography. At a relatively low price (often under $30.00), you can buy several; keep one raw, then paint or dye the others to have a great selection! Raw muslin is a lovely cream color, and has been used in its raw state as a favorite of photographers for years. Also, you can easily dye and/or paint raw muslin to create beautiful custom backgrounds that sell for up to $450.00! What IS a "Muslin?" Muslin is a type of cotton material that is light weight, easily draped, stretched, folded, or rolled. It's easy to paint and dye, and relatively inexpensive. But if you're budget won't stretch to buy muslins, just use a bed sheet (iron it first, so all the wrinkles are gone), or a wall, or buy some cheap material at a local fabric store. Set your victim (um, your "subject," that is:) at least 4-6 feet in front of your background (whatever it may be), and place your background strobe behind your subject (hidden from the camera's view).
Some of the most common muslin sizes and colors:
 9 x 12 Raw muslin    10 x 12 Raw muslin   10 x 15 Raw muslin
Pure White gives us the ability to get those great images with a solid white background. Additionally, it allows us to change the color of our backgrounds simply by using a color filter over our backlight strobe; see how here.
9 x 12 Pure white muslin  9 x 15 Pure white muslin   10 x 15 Pure white muslin
 10 x 12 Photographer's18% gray muslin - That's right, folks! A perfect 18% gray! Unique and wonderful for setting your exposure, or just as a middle gray background!
 Jet Black  - For that "drop dead black" we all love so much.  10 x 12 Jet Black muslin   10 x 15 Jet Black muslin
Sky Blue  - Perfect for subjects with blue eyes (see above for an example) and for any subject with blue clothing or coloring.  10 x 15 Sky Blue muslin  10 x 12 Sky Blue muslin
Learn to "think outside the box."

 

 

 

 

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