Photography Backdrops and Props Make Your Photographs Special

Photography backdrops and props are very useful to make your photographs look unique and lively. Most studios have boring and artificial mood and feeling. Backdrops and props can change this condition in an instant. In addition, they also give more options to the clients.

Photography backdrops

Photography backdrops never intend to change the center of attention. Their purpose is to give different moods, auras, and surroundings so the pictures become unique and personal. In the beginning, muslin was used as photography backdrops. They were popular for school portraits because they are easy to carry. Although they tend to be lightly patterned and dull colored, they could bring a little life to the pictures with the support of proper lighting. They cannot do much to improve the mood and atmosphere though.

They make the pictures focus on the subject, but if they have similar color as the subject’s clothing, problems will happen. In addition, they limit the options of the clients and also the photographer’s creativity. Students might not have a choice or perhaps they care little about year book portraits, but if you want to make good family portraits, you will want to use unique backgrounds that are not used by everyone.

Technology came to solve the problems create by traditional backdrops. Digital photography backdrops offer a lot of options to the clients. The clients only need to pose and let their pictures taken. Later the background can be added as what the clients want. A nice fireplace can become a good background for Chritmas portraits, while romantic places are excellent for wedding portraits. The options are virtually limitless with digital backdrops.

Photography props

If you feel that a picture is good, usually you do not only see beautiful smiles, but also various photography props in it. Photography props have been used since the early days of photography. They used simple objects like flowers and fruits as props. At that time, the main purpose was to show the level of affluence of the people in the picture.

As photography became popular, photography props became more complex. They did not only use simple objects, but they built the whole scenery that looks like certain events or locations. During Victorian era, pastoral photography was the main trend. Therefore, props like shepherd’s crooks and even live sheep were used to create the required atmosphere.

Photography props are still developing even today. Travel related props are the hottest demand right now, such as traditional dress and traditional instrument. Perhaps you have seen many studios that provide traditional Chinese dress for you to wear or even an Irish bagpipe as one of their props. If you combine these props with proper digital backgrounds, you can produce different pictures, which make you like that you have traveled to many countries even though you are only staying in a small studio.

Photography Backdrops

With a few simple tips, some imagination and creativity you can come up with fun and exciting photography backdrops for your next dance or social get together. Create backdrops to match the theme of your event. Try some of these simple ideas:

Barn Dance

A barn dance is a great social gathering for youth groups. These dances don’t have to be held in an actual barn, they can be held outside or in a cultural hall. Doesn’t matter where, it is the theme that is fun. Everyone dresses western style; cowboy hats, jeans, plaid shirts, boots, bandannas, country music and Yee Haw!

Create a backdrop for pictures to match the theme. Scene setters will make it fast and easy! Use barn wood back drop paper. Staple it to a board or tape it to the wall. Throw on some shutters to make windows and some signs (jail house, saloon, sheriff, etc.) Use bales of straw and a few trees or large plants from your living room, maybe an old saddle over one of the bales of straw, (if you have access to one). Old lanterns, rope, pitch forks and buckets are also great to help set the scene.


Summer is the best time to throw a luau dance or party. Invite your guests to don their Hawiiaan prints, grass skirts and coconuts. Greet them with an a ‘Aloha’ and a lei.

The perfect place for a Luau of course is the beach, but if you don’t have a beach, you can create your own.

Gather as many trees and large plants as you can. Play a relaxing ocean waves cd as background to your background music.

For the picture station; unroll a ocean view scene setter and staple it to a large sheet of ply wood or tape it to a wall. Staple/tape some tall palm trees and a totem pole to the sides. If you have large rocks in your yard use them to sit on, or, throw a tan blanket on the floor for sand. Tiki torches, surf boards, and a large beach umbrella will help complete the set.

Princess Party

Little girls love to play princess. Why not have a princess party and invite all the little princesses in the kingdom. Little girls also love to have their pictures taken. Build a wonderful castle scene to let them pose in front of.

Use a roll of rock wall scene setter paper and tape it to the wall. You can cut in across the top to create castle spires and walls. Use some black butcher paper and make dark windows to add to the spires. Add some trees and flowers and start snapping!