In the ever evolving field of photography, competition is fierce. A photographer has many tools to assist them in creating their perfect shot; lenses, tripods, flashes, props, etc. Another pragmatic tool is the use of computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Granted, with all of the technology and equipment out there, let us not forget the power of a great quality custom backdrop to create the dramatic shot you are eager for.
The wonderful thing about using custom backdrops is that you don’t have to have a studio to get the dramatic shots you desire. Backdrops are portable and can be moved practically anywhere you can imagine. I want to set a scene for you; picture a cold, foggy night outside in the yellow moonlight. Imagine taking your backdrop set-up outside and placing it in the midst of the fog and natural moonlight. The use of the natural elements as your props as well as the backdrop creates for some powerful context.
Bringing in other props such as real leaves or even live animals in front of your backdrop can also add depth and legitimacy to your images. You have the painted image on your backdrop, by bringing in objects, you make the scene that much more believable. When subjects can actually hold items or interact with them, your photo is reaching a whole new level. A good example is the black and white photo pictured. The use of the bench and the box crate conceive a believable depth of field in this photo.
When you look at the photo of the women in the red dress, you see a majestic scene taking place. The women is adorned in her finest gown waiting for her regal guests to join the ball. The magic custom backdrops can have on photos is extraordinary. You can quite literally place your subject anywhere in the world. You can put your subject in front of Mount Everest or the Great Wall of China. It is truly remarkable how compelling your photos can become as a result of using a backdrop. They give you, the Artist, the power to bring what’s in your mind to life.
It is not only the scenic backdrops that can create allure in your photos. A quality solid color custom backdrop can have breathtaking effects on its subject. Sometimes, less is more.
With less distractions, your subject will take on a more powerful role in the scene; all of the attention will be drawn directly to your subject. The photo of the woman in the gold dress resonates power and beauty yet there is no supporting scene in the background. The solid black backdrop simply illuminates her and brings her to the forefront of the photo. The use of lighting in this photo also adds to the drama. When lighting is used correctly in conjunction with your chosen backdrop, your photo can transform into the unimaginable.
Never underestimate the power backdrops can have on your photography. With all the tools out there, it is an apparatus that can take your art to new heights.
Ralf is a digital entrepreneur, he has helped various business increase their visibility online. He is also a photography enthusiast and adventurous guy who loves to travel to different places. Follow him on twitter @IamRalf12