By making your own photo backdrop, you can both save a little money and express your own creativity.
A creative and professional backdrop can be easily made in a few simple steps.
To make a simple backdrop you will need:
Buy the widest width you can find.
(Try to find one that is at least 108 inches.)
One of the best materials to make a professional looking backdrop is out of a material called muslin. This is an inexpensive cotton cloth that can be found in almost any fabric store.
When you get your fabric home, throw it in the washing machine for a quick wash.
Now use the double-sided fusible tape and run it along the cut edges.
The tape, once ironed, creates a good bond that requires absolutely no sewing. The backdrop can be gently washed when needed, the the finished edges won't fray.
If you are handy with the sewing machine and enjoy this type of work, by all means, you can sew a 1/4 or 1/2 inch seam on the ends, instead of the no-sew tape, to finish the back drop.
If you have a very ample piece of fabric, you can simply toss it over a back drop pole or even tack it up to a wall. If you have a smaller size of fabric, or want a more professional look, there is another step you can add to the process.
On one of the ends that you've ironed, fold the fabric over another 4 to 5 inches, tack that end down again with the double sided tape, and iron it again. This will create a hole running along the width of the muslin that you can easily fit a backdrop pole through.
Back at the fabric store you can find fabric dyes in a multitude of colors.
To dye your fabric you will need,
Do this process outside or somewhere where it doesn't matter if you spill a little. Dunking such a big piece of fabric usually produces some splashes.
A few tips for dying the muslin:
Before dying the fabric, wash it in the washing machine.
Don't dry it, but place it pre-wetted in the dye solution.
After you've dyed and rinsed the fabric, you can send it through the washing machine one more time to get any last residue from the dye out.
Let the fabric dry on a line, rather than the dryer, for the least amount of shrinkage.
A final note about muslin is that it looks great either ironed or wrinkled up.
Making your own backdrop is an inexpensive and quick process, and in no time you have a great addition to your photography equipment. You'll find that the muslin creates a simple, lightweight background good for photographing people or objects without any other distracting elements.
Enjoy this newest addition to your photography equipment arsenal!
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