5 Ways the New Air Flow Tech Table™ Makes Tethered Photography Even Easier

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

female model using tethered photography

At Backdrop Express we’re very proud to announce the newest addition to our product line – tethered photography equipment!

What is Tethered Photography?

Tethered photography is a common term used to describe when a photographer connects (or “tethers”) their camera to their computer or tablet, typically through either a USB wire, FireWire, or wirelessly. During a tethered photo shoot, when a picture is taken, the photo bypasses the camera, is saved directly to the computer’s hard-drive, and displayed instantly on the  monitor or laptop screen. This process gives both the photographer and the model/client instant feedback on the photographs being taken.

6 Tips for Finding Chroma Key Equipment on a Budget

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

green screen A common misconception is that chroma key is a high cost background only used by big professional studios. But actually, it is definitely possible to create a green screen on a budget. Here we offer 6 tips on how to minimize the spending for your green screen production.

A Guide to Family Portrait Posing

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Group Photography, Photography Tips, Portrait Photography

family portrait on gray photo backdrop

Portrait photography is one of the most popular ways photographers make a living. However, when photographers choose to branch out into family photography, a whole new dynamic is created. Posing family members well for a portrait becomes perhaps the most difficult part of the photo shoot. Your photos need to reflect not only the individual people in the image, but the family together as a whole. Here are some things to remember as you proceed.

What is Soft Light & Hard Light?

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What is Soft Light and Hard Light? | Backdrop Express Blog The word “photography” originates from ancient Greek, meaning “to draw with light”. Photography is an art where we capture moments in time by drawing with the light onto our canvas, the camera. Because light is such an important factor in photography it is important to understand the different types of lighting used and how to properly handle it.

5 Tips to a Better Family Christmas Picture

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5 Tips to a Better Family Christmas Picture | Backdrop Express Photography Blog

Every winter season families gather together to create holiday cheer. The dreaded Christmas portrait is always on the agenda. For many families it is the same routine year after year. They dress up in ugly holiday sweaters, crowd around the fireplace and force generic smiles. All this mess is made just to send a Christmas picture with your annual Christmas cards.

It doesn’t matter if you are shooting your Christmas portrait yourself, having a friend do it or hiring the services of a professional photographer. There are still some things you can do to ensure you end up with a great family portrait. Following these few simple tips will help create some of your best Christmas memories.

Advantages Of Seamless Paper, Muslin, & Digital Backdrops

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

model on a light blue seamless paper background

Photography backgrounds are an essential component of a complete studio setup. The photo backdrops are made from a variety of materials. Seamless paper is a disposable paper backdrop, muslin is a woven cotton fabric, and digital backgrounds are actually placed in the photograph during post-production with a special computer program.

Each type of photo backdrop has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s a good idea to learn the different features, benefits and limitations of each type before buying or utilizing one. As you do, you can determine which backdrop is best for your style, needs and preferences.