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10 Misconceptions about Becoming a Photographer

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photographer Tips

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It is human nature to be drawn to beautiful things, and many people have capitalized on this fact by going into the photography business. However becoming a successful professional photographer is still a challenge, despite the many advances made in the field. Since we see photos everywhere, it’s easy to think that making a living as a photographer might be possible for almost anyone. But there is a difference between someone who takes pictures and a photographer. Here are some misconceptions about what it takes to produce professional quality photos.

Pros and Cons of Owning a Photography Studio

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photographer Tips, Studio Photography

group of 4 girls posing on couch in photo studio

So you love the world of professional photography and you have dreams of owning your own photo studio… who can blame you? There are so many things to love about studio photography, and owning your own studio could allow you to take your work to a whole new level.
Having your own business means you get to be your own boss, have creative control and orchestrate every shoot in ways that feel best to you. You get to express your style and put your stamp of approval on every print. Yes, there’s a certain romanticism about owning your own photo studio, but before you dive in head first, it’s wise to consider both the pros and cons of having your own studio photography business!

A Guide to Photography Background Storage

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photography Backdrops, Storage & Care, Studio Equipment

seamless paper storage clip

Every piece of equipment you purchase for your photography business is a major asset, and photography backgrounds are especially important. That is why it is very necessary that every photographer know how to properly store their photo backdrops. Properly stored backdrops will have a longer lifespan and consistently provide excellent quality photographs.

Why Should You Use a Canvas Backdrop?

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photography Backdrops

blue skies canvas backdrop

Amateur and professional photographers know the value of a quality photo backdrop. They are used for providing a predictable background, controlling light, drawing attention to the particular subject, and much more. When photographers are looking for quality backdrops to use either in a studio or out on-site, they are often faced with many choices of material. Canvas makes an excellent choice for photographers in a variety of situations. Here are some areas to consider when deciding if a canvas backdrop is the best choice for a particular situation.

How to Use Photo Umbrellas

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Studio Equipment, Studio Lighting

studio photo umbrella

Photo umbrellas are often used to control the lighting in photo shoots, especially harsh brightness and extreme contrasts that can leave unwanted shadows against a photography background. One benefit is they create a soft, diffused lighting effect –especially for portraits. Reflective umbrellas are useful here because they reduce the contrast between shadow and light. Of course, not all photography umbrellas are the same, so it’s important to know which umbrella to grab in a given situation.

7 Steps to Successful Stock Photography

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Food & Product Photography, Photographer Tips, Photography Tips

female portrait on white background

Creating stock photos may not be the photography you dreamed of doing your entire life, but it’s a great way to boost your personal revenue while you focus on the art you do enjoy. Whether you’re a wedding and family photographer, a studio photographer or a photojournalist, commercial photography is a great industry to get started in at any point in your career. It gives you the opportunity to take creative, crisp photos while earning some extra cash at the same time.

Floor Drops: The Perfect Solution to a Plain Background

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Floordrops, Photography Backdrops, Studio Equipment

Photography FloordropsPhoto Courtesy of Ryan Walsh

Everyone knows the advantages of working in the studio. Studio photography lets you exercise complete control over your environment, allowing you to shoot anytime, day or night. Unfortunately, studios also have one weakness:  plain backgrounds can be a bit boring for certain photo shoots. Recently, however, new products have been coming out that really liven up the old background standbys that have been in use for years. Floor drops – realistic recreations of various floor materials – offer photographers a way to create incredibly detailed environments for their subjects, with very little effort.