I'm doing a shoot for a friend in a couple of weeks (lucky me, she makes lingerie for a living) and I was wondering about backdrops. I'm currently considering various colours of seamless paper, but I was also wondering if the extra expense on the canvas/muslin side was worth it. In general, is there any major advantages/disadvantages to either option that people are familiar with? Other than cost, which is fairly obvious.
A few random thoughts, from which you can draw conclusions:
- seamless paper is cheaper but it's an ongoing expense, the cloth would be a one-time purchase
- the cloth backdrop requires being kept clean
- easier to pull the seamless out a long way and run it curving down onto the floor and under your subject for, um, more seamless look, especially with a white background
- a cloth backdrop is a lot easier to ship/transport
I have been playing with these 2 options myself - so far I do find that the seamless paper is the better option, I find the canvas is a real pain to keep clean. However paper is heavy to keep around, bulky and needs replacing.
I also found lighting the paper easier - possibly my canvas wasn't opaque enough?