How to use Vinyl Photography Backdrops

Posted by Margot on 2nd Dec 2020

With the Growth of Instagram and social media, Content photography became the number one investment for small and medium size business. Vinyl Backdrops escalated popularity in the last years turning any house in a semi-professional photography studio. Photography Background are easily one of the most important tools for any styling, content, commercial or food photography, choosing the right Background and using it perfectly is crucial and important as much as the subject itself.

Same as Hard Board Backgrounds, a great quality Hi-Res Printed Vinyl Photography Backdrop

Can contribute to any content creation with harmony between subjects, lights, depth, textures and colours;

Despite Vinyl Photography Backdrops don’t have real texture, since they are flat surface, they can still create a good textured effect in pictures, which is why the choice of the right Vinyl Backdrop is absolutely important for the result of your styling.

At Deco To Solution we very proud to offer the highest quality Hi-Res Vinyl Photography Backdrop on the market.

For this reason, we have few tricks to make sure our Hi-Res Printed Vinyl Photography Backdrop can work with you to tell the story you want to come across with!!

  • How to unpack your brand-new Vinyl Backdrop.

Vinyl Backdrops comes meticulously rolled into a tower cardboard box tube for easy transport.

When you take them out of your box, they will have a moderate curvature which can be eased by just rolling the Backdrop in the opposite way or just leaving it rest on a flat surface for few minutes. temporary curve that can be easily flattened out by re-rolling in the opposite direction.

However if you require to use it immediately, each Vinyl Backdrop can be taped to the underneath surface.

Deco To Solution’s Vinyl Photography Backdrops are made using the top quality material, however It is important to take care of your backdrop when you handle it! Using sharp or pointy tools on your backdrop can cause creasing or scratching on you vinyl surface, also avoid contact with very hot items which could be a recurrent possibility in food photography.

If your backdrop comes in contact with liquids oil or stained products, wipe gently with a soft damp cloth or paper towel directly after use.

Hi-Res Printed Vinyl Photography Backdrops are water-resistant and easy to wipe clean, but it is a printed product so be gentle.

  • The many uses of Vinyl Backdrops.

The light weight and easy handling of Vinyl Photography Backdrops allow you to achieve a wide range of solutions by orientating your backdrop in different angles and scenes. experimenting with different such as:

  • Flat-lay
  • Vertical Wall
  • Underneath Surface

"Depending on the type, style, pattern and texture, the same backdrop can be use for the all 3 options above, still looking realistic and adequate to the picture"

For product and food photography, Flat Lay is one of the most common solution in shootings, flat lay is a very popular technique when shooting for brands.

The shoots are taken straight down creating steady illustrative sights, usually emphasizing the subject centered in the picture. Flat Lay is probably the easiest and most popular way to use Vinyl Backdrops.

To use the vinyl backdrop as a Vertical back wall for your content creations, the most used techniques is to tape it to the actual wall or a vertical surface, depending on the pattern and texture, some backdrop can be vertically hanged too, creating optical effect such as shading.

It is popular in both product and food photography to use 2 different (or sometimes the same) Vinyl Backdrops both as a back wall and as a surface underneath the subjects. Visit the full Vinyl Backdrop Catalogue to find all different designs of backdrops for your next photo shoot!

The use of the same backdrop for both surface and back wall gives you a more subtle and gentle surround making your subject pops up, usually this technique is used with only subjects and no other objects such props.

If opting for 2 different backdrops for back wall and underneath surface it must be taken into consideration the importance of textures and colour scheme, although a strict rule does not exist it is usually recommended by photographers to use complementary colours and 2 different textures in order to achieve a better contrast and cohesion between your objects and environment.

  • Artificial and natural lights on Vinyl Backdrops

When talking about lights there are mainly 3 types of lighting solution, natural, constant and flash.

Either one could be your best friend during a photo shoot, but they can also be your worst nightmare if you can’t get the best out of them, especially with Vinyl Backdrops.

It is quite interesting how Vinyl Backdrops, which are considered the amateur background tool in photography compared to Hard Board Background are instead quite difficult to use and sometimes really do require the touch of a professional photographer.

Vinyl Backdrops, due to its flat and texture less surface can reflect lights if not used properly.

However, lets see how to best use the 3 different types of lights on Vinyl Photography Backdrops.

- Natural Light

Natural light produces warm and inconsistent illumination that is actually what is required for flat lays and commercial photography. It’s highly recommended avoiding direct strong sunlight in your shooting, or at least using a white curtain or panel among the photography set to soften the light and exposure of your shoot.

The natural light is also often used in life-life photography such as magazine or still-life blogs, this style of lighting, being quite neutral and balanced, doesn’t create strong shadows and together with neutral pastel colours backdrops can make your creation very classy and attractive.

- Constant Light

Constant light is probably the easiest to manage and it’s the most suggested solution in a non-professional studio set up.

Constant lights like soft box LED lights allows you to take multiple shots all with same lighting giving you the time to move objects on your backdrops until you finally found the perfect combination.

- Flash

Professional or semi-professional photographers lucky enough to have a studio set with strobe system flash light, now exactly how advantageous is this type of solution in order to take extremely well defined pictures.

The bounced light from the flash becomes softer and evener. It can light the surface of the Vinyl Backdrop perfectly and any imperfections such as minimal glare can be corrected by professional picture editing

  • How to store correctly your Vinyl Photography Backdrops

Once you finish using Deco To Solution’s Vinyl Photography Backdrops you must remember to gently wipe it down with damp cloth or paper towel, remove any sort of tape or glue used during the photo shoot and then roll it back up and preferably put it back in the carton box you received your backdrop into.

If you have the space you can always store your vinyl backdrop in a flat condition avoiding and curvature upon your next use, (better if stored between 2 pieces of soft material such as fabric or foam.

Last but not least, it is very important to store your vinyl backdrops away from direct harsh sunlight, a constant and direct sunlight on the vinyl material may result in loss of colour as per any printed product.