Large Seamless Photography Backdrops 10x30ft, 20x20ft, 20x30ft

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10×20 backdrop for small groups and couples


10×20 FULL BODY SHOTS backdrop for single person or couples photography

When you buy a backdrop, it will probably last you years … my advice is to get into 10×20 even if you are doing small groups … there will be that one time you want to have a full body shot of the couple standing on the backdrop … and a 10×10 will only work with the seven dwarfs. Now, if you are only doing small group shoulder shots or the seven dwarfs, ignore what I just said.

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    10 x 20 backdrop is suitable for small groups vertically. It will give you a floor piece. Horizontally it will work for larger groups but you won’t get the floor piece. Might want to go to 20×20 size or get two 10×20′s.

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  • How to hang a backdrop

    Sometimes you just want to leave the stands in the car and see if you can McGyver it … here are a few tips …



    Use the squeeze clamps from any hardware store and bit of coat hanger wire or string to attach the backdrop to existing bits of the house … For quick set-up, I’d rather do this than set up the stands etc …whenever I can.

    It certainly works and is fast and easy.


    How to hang a very large backdrop


    Getting a rod pocket on a 20×30 can present some problems …  weave the screw extensions of a 30-foot pole through and have it hang properly would need at least 2 center supports in addition to end stands. Here the photographer has used clamps + coat hanger wire to suspend the drop from T-bar ceiling.


    Use spring-loaded clamps to hang a background

    Use spring clamps. Here’s an example how the photographer used the hanging tile ceiling to hook bit of coat hanger wire and spring clamps. The 3-inch version is very good for this. Pull the handle plastics off to reveal pre-drilled holes on the handles (small photo) … then use pliers to bend some coat hanger wire into a hookie thingy. And you’re good to go. Lift the tile up and slip your hookie thingy over the T-bar.


    These type of clamps are very useful for hanging backdrops. They are quite strong and the handle plastic can be pulled off and reveal holes that are perfect for coat hanger wire hooks. See the clamp in use below.





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  • Solid Black Backdrop


    solid black backdrop

    It’s solid black, bedsheet thickness, very black but will not block out back light, so you can’t use it against windows. For blocking out light, use Heave Black.

    Width is 10’6″ to any length, sold by the yard. It is Flame Retardant.

    Backdrop Size

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  • Backdrop darkness (like everything else that’s visible to human eye in the universe) is a function of reflected light.

    If you want the backdrop to look darker, put less light on it, or move it farther away from your subject light boxes (e.g., you’d use a 30ft backdrop to give a floor piece and still have room to move the group to foreground).

    In turn, more light on the backdrop will make it appear lighter (subject lights will spill to backdrop). One great way to get variety is to use spot lights (e.g., from floor, from side) in parts of the backdrop and leave other areas in dark. There’s a very fancy term for it: “chiaroscuro” (distribution of light and dark areas, esp. paintings). Also, you can use gels to shift color cast.

    Dance Studio Backdrops: It’s a tough call but sometimes you have to take into account the stage lighting — if the stage lights are strong, your backdrop selection should take this into account — if we go too light on the colors, the stage lights will over-light and wash out the colors.



    How Lighting Affects Your Backdrop: How you light your backdrop can make all the difference. The more you give it light, the more contrast you punch out of it, less light, the more uniform it looks.











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