Choosing a photo background for a shoot is serious business. While seamless paper comes in solid colors, the color you choose will affect your finished product either positively or negatively. Choose too conservatively and your subject looks boring. Throw too much caution to the wind, and you’ll come off as garish. In the famous “player’s speech” from Hamlet, William Shakespeare urges actors to “suit the action to the word, the word to the action.” This advice is not only wise when it comes to acting, but translates into various other artistic endeavors as well, including graphic arts and photography. Different colors evoke not only different moods, but different personalities. When the right color is chosen for a certain subject, it appears that the subject is floating within it’s natural habitat. The personality of the subject and the color fuse seamlessly as if the two simply belong together.
White Seamless PaperThe most common seamless background color is white. It is often chosen because it gives off an airy or pure feeling, and appears clean. Because it reflects light so well, using white as a photographic backdrop is a great way to isolate a subject and let it shine. White truly goes with everything, and is also flexible and allows an artist to change their mind . By placing colored gels over a light source you can experiment with different colors and change your mood on any given day.
Black Seamless PaperBlack is also a very versatile color that will complement almost any subject, but instead of evoking a clean and pure feeling, a black background implies a completely different story. With a black background there is a sense of mystery or even danger in whatever you are photographing. Just because a color matches doesn’t mean it is the right choice for a seamless background. For example, a newborn baby would not typically sit well upon a black background, but a female model going for a dark, sexy appeal would fit well.
Brown Seamless PaperBrowns and tans are also often chosen as a photo background because of their neutral nature. The colors themselves match almost anything, although careful attention should be made to the mood that these colors give off. Browns are earthy colors and are often seen as conveying s sense of dependability, like a sturdy oak. In the case of brown and tan backgrounds, the subjects need to “pop” a little, suggesting they are more important than the background.
Gray Seamless PaperGray is a color that is also chosen for its neutrality. It goes well with both bright colors and pastels, and like white it allows for quite a bit of flexibility with the lighting. Images can be framed in what looks like a lighter gray in order to draw the viewer’s eye to the center of the image and give your subject the attention it deserves.
Purple Seamless PaperThe most difficult to pull off is purple, as it implies power, royalty, and luxury. It also carries a creative and magical element, perfect for your fairy tale photo themes.
Red Seamless PaperRed is another bold choice, and has been known to have a energetic element built in. In some cases it can be motivating, or it can evoke anger, hunger or passion. When choosing red, there should definitely be some kind of message in mind, and the subject, whether it be a person or an object, should be strong enough to carry it.
Green Seamless PaperGreen is commonly associated with earth and environmental themes. It is a common color to evoke hope, safety and social consciousness. It is also known to have a calming affect. It’s a great choice for graduation pictures as the young subjects are getting ready to move forward and grow in their lives.
Blue Seamless PaperBlue is a color that implies a sense of harmony possibly more than any other. Nearly every shade is seen as calming in some way, and the choice of a blue backdrop has exactly the opposite affect as red. It is thought to suppress the appetite, so it’s not a good choice when photographing food. It is associated with the sky and technical knowledge also.
Pink Seamless PaperAlthough there may be some debate, just as blue is seen to have a macho element, pink comes across as feminine. It is a popular choice for young girls and is often seen as passive. However, like red it has an active side as well, and can even be seen as sophisticated depending on the colors around it.
Yellow Seamless PaperMany people shy away from yellow because it is so bright, but when paired effectively it can be an excellent fit. It’s a great choice for children or baby animals as it brings to mind sunshine and joy. However, like other bright colors, a little can go a long way.
Creating seamless photographs is indeed an art form that brings with it plenty of psychology and the full depth of human emotion, from sadness to joy to rage, and the mood can change at the drop of a sheet.
Do you have a favorite backdrop color? Why?Interested in learning more about the advantages to seamless paper? Check out 4 Reasons to Use Seamless Paper Backgrounds!
-Backdrop Express Photography Team
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