By no means am I very good at photography, but I have to start getting serious about taking decent product photos for the relaunch of my etsy shop (which I am hoping to reopen Mid February!)  During my time off, I have been sewing and crafting, but also learning how to take better pictures. The most difficult part is matching up the pattern when you start a new row, but just take it slowly and you will be fine. So, now that I have these backdrops, I plan to make some plain ones by just hanging some solid color fabric on the wall and using the same baseboard trim and beadboard flooring trick!
In the meantime, I really have to learn how to take better photos because I can just see how out of focus these are! About Latest Posts Follow meHayleyHayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. I so wanted to love this idea but am I the only one who is finding it extremely difficult (basically impossible) to line up the pattern for the wall??? With winters lasting for 6 months in Toronto, I find that outdoor shoots are put on hold for pretty much the entire time. All of my previous studio work (which is limited) involved either a blank wall in my house or a blank wall in my house with a grey paper backdrop that I purchased at Henry’s for $40 CAD.
I thought about renting but backdrops are easily damageable and I didn’t want to take on that responsibility. I wanted to create an Oliphant-inspired painterly and textured looking backdrop that had a lighter center with a dark vignette. Plastic sheeting (think you’re going to protect your floor by covering it with newspaper or garbage bags?
So you’ve purchased everything, the plastic sheeting is taped to the floor and your raw canvas cloth is spread out.
I started painting a week later and began with the darkest colour first: a deep black-blue.
ROLLING PROTECTION CARDBOARD THING: I would 1000000% percent urge you to buy a circular cardboard thing to roll the finished backdrop in, so that it does not get bent. MORE PLASTIC SHEETING: I would suggest buying an additional plastic sheeting to cover your backdrop ONCE IT IS FINISHED AND DRY.
LESS PAINT: As each gallon of paint was around $20 each (cheapest ones offered), the money quickly added up.
NO BRUSH: I tried using the four inch brush and after 3 or 4 strokes I realized that was not the texture I wanted. I used the cheapest wall paint at my local shop, didn’t bother looking into special cloth paint because it would be too expensive for me. Hey Ian, I didn’t use any gels, only regular diffuser paper to soften the kino flo lights.
Read in another persons tutorial that she used fabric softener with the paint to avoid stiffness. As far as the dents and bends in the backdrop, you should be able to get them out by spraying some water on the back side of it.
Thanks for your article … what’s the best way to storage the backdrop after use? To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. Stefan Kohler is a conceptual photographer, specialized in mixing science, technology and photography.

When he isn't waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. Whether you’re looking for a fun and pretty photobooth addition or you want to add some drama to your outdoor evening photos, sparkly lights can help you create that look. You can decide what style you want – I like the above for indoor where you use a rod and hang it curtain style. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. I thought the flooring was real from your pictures, and your model is adorable even if she wasn’t in the mood for a photo shoot. Because of that, I try improving my studio work during the indoor hermitting season as much as possible. This year, when I was asked to shoot an album cover, I knew it was time to figure out something a little more sophisticated. The ones for purchase offered at camera shops in my area are sold from $70 – 150 but they remind of those cliche high school photos. I found Sue Bryce’s blog post which is very good but I wanted to continue researching.
I wish I kept the receipt so I could share exactly what each item is called and how much it cost…I do remember spending almost exactly $250 for everything in total, if that helps. I primed it 3 times with a roller, after each time I stopped and let it dry for approximately half an hour. The paint seemed to dry much faster than the primer so I was happy because I wanted to finish the backdrop that day. I’ve used the backdrop four times already and can’t wait to use it a few more times, as well as paint a new one!
Protect your new prize by covering it with plastic, then rolling it in that cardboard thing. I would recommend getting two gallons for your main colours and maybe a quart of a white for accents, and that way you can also mix the white with the two other colours.
Notice in the photos featuring the completed backdrop how the colours change depending on how the light reflects on it! Did you gel your flash on the photo where it’s blue-er, or is that just the way the light falls across it?
The range in hues are because of Photoshop changes that I made later on, mainly by using the selective colour tool. I’m gonna be trying this in the next few days, did you ever try another without the primer? EWould you be so kind as to explain what the ROLLING PROTECTION CARDBOARD THING: is before I have a go myself:-)?
They’re easy to find, affordable (around $8 on amazon!) and a breeze to use when creating your design. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same.
I found this post here but the photographer hired a professional muralist and damn it I just don’t care to buy all of the suggested items on his list! This is the list of things I purchased – in hindsight I definitely could have purchased less and for cheaper, so please keep reading on to know what was useful and what wasn’t!

Spend the few extra bucks and get yourself some huge plastic sheeting and cover your entire room with it. That colour alone looked gorgeous, I would be happy having a backdrop with just that colour alone.
After 3 layers of the black-blue, I chose a grey-blue and painted the canvas with that colour. Obviously it’s hard to keep it from crinkling or being bent at all but I now have a canvas that I spent 10 hours of back breaking labour on and it is bent everywhere. Brushes are pretty expensive too, I wouldn’t bother looking at them unless you are aiming for that look. The other was a Ralph Lauren sponge that was twice the size and cost $20….For one damn sponge!
I keep things interesting by doing what makes me so vibrantly happy – the process of creating, being in nature, new experiences, and keeping my imagination always running.
She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co.
In my dreamworld I’d love to own several high quality Oliphant backdrops but in my dreamworld I also have a much higher budget for this and generally much more money in my bank account. The paint seeps through the canvas, trust me, you want to save yourself the hassle, worry, and time). However, if it’s layered with different colours, once lighting is brought into the picture the different colours could be brought out with different lighting setups.
However, I left out the edges to start getting that vignette look that I wanted to achieve. Because when I thought mine was dry and packed it to go, the next day when I unrolled it there was splotches of white everywhere. You can see more of Liat’s work on her website, instagram, 500px, Twitter and Facebook.
In the fact - the list is really endless on what you can do with this cute ribbon backdrop. For the painterly look that I wanted to create I think the smaller sponge wasn’t good enough. However, after painting a canvas myself I can guarantee that you can paint a beautiful, good quality canvas for less. What really happened was that the primer coats leaked to the other side of the canvas while being applied (which is completely natural). You need approximately 40 yards of ribbon, scissors, 30 twist ties and a 4ft wooden dowel.How To Make A Ribbon Backdrop1.
For next time, I’ll just search in art stores until something more reasonable comes along. So when it’s being rolled while still semi-wet, the primer on the flip side of the canvas stuck and left marks on the finished side…FML!

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