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Muslin and Canvas Backgrounds, Seamless Paper and Background Stands
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Owen's Originals Photo Backdrops, Washington, Kansas
Photography backgrounds, photo backdrops and studio lighting equipment since 1978. Muslin backdrops, Old Masters styles, reversible and two-sided muslins, hand painted classic canvas patterns, computer painted backgrounds, scenics, weddings and holiday designs. Seamless mill-dyed Chromakey green and blue screen backgrounds and digital backdrop software. Brand name studio strobes, continuous lighting equipment, softboxes, background stands, light stands, posing stools, tables, studio props and much more.
Sharpics Product Photography Tools, San Diego, CA
Sharpics is a trusted source in product photography with a complete line of cost effective and innovative studio equipment for achieving professional product images. Products include portable photo studios, tabletop monopod, daylight studio lighting, background support stands, seamless backgrounds, complete starter systems and other studio accessories. All products are designed to save space for use in the convenience of your own home or office. Buy as a system and save.
Smith-Victor Corporation, Griffith, Indiana
Since 1874 quality lighting and acccessories for imaging and video. Free standing matte black steel background paper rack system holds both 5 and 9 foot wide rolls of seamless background paper, sets up quickly, collapses for travel to the length of a light stand. Light tent kits and shooting tables for product photography. Large choice of clamps, mounts and adapters for all your lighting and background needs. Photo and video tripods, studio lighting umbrellas, softboxes, diffusers and modifiers, Logan Electric brand products, much more. Find a Smith-Victor dealer near you.
Consumer Primer on Buying Photo Studio Backgrounds:
Backdrops are used by pros, serious photographers and videographers for portraiture, weddings, interviews and product photography. Backdrops eliminate distractions, allowing viewers to concentrate on the subject.
Background materials include seamless paper, cotton muslin, canvas cloth, Chroma Key blue or green screens, washable vinyl, and flocked or reflective fabric for small product photography. Digital collections of stock background photos are available on CDs; two images can be easily combined when a subject is photographed in front of a Chromakey blue screen or green screen.
Seamless Paper: Best known manufacturers are Superior Specialties and Savage Universal Corporation. Sold on rolls as wide as 140" (nearly 12 feet.) Dozens of colors. Fragile, easily wrinkled, torn, dirtied and scuffed. Requires background support stands or ceiling support. Wide rolls of seamless paper are not portable.
Cotton Muslin and Canvas backdrops: Available in color-fast solid colors, mottled prints, crushed earth tones and hand-painted portrait backgrounds. Muslins are available in different weights, are generally washable (with some fading and shrinkage) and can be folded for transport. Muslin cloth wrinkles with washing and folding; some photographers like the background texture created by wrinkling. Canvas backgrounds are heavier in weight, have a longer life and are generally transported in rolls, making them less portable.
Other considerations for buying cloth backgrounds: is the backdrop hemmed on four sides to prevent fabric tears, is there a sewn pocket for your support rod, are metal grommets embedded for hanging heavier canvas fabric?
Chroma Key Green and Blue: Special fabrics, vinyls and background paints. Green screens are most often used for digital photography, blue screens are generally used for videography. Photographing or recording a subject against a solid green/blue backdrop allows a photographer to replace the background with any stock image. Wikipedia offers an excellent explanation of Chromakey history, how this process works and offers advice on lighting and clothing. See
Art supply stores are great places to find flocked paper and reflective materials for tabletop product photography.
More Studio Background Manufacturers
Bogen Imaging Inc., Ramsey, New Jersey
Bogen distributes Lastolite washable muslins and curtains, many color schemes to choose from. Chroma Key green/blue sheets and curtains, collapsible and canvas scroll backgrounds, and Lastolite background support systems. Exclusive US distributor of Bogen/Manfrotto camera and video tripods and the Avenger brand of lighting stands and grip equipment. Extensive catalog of multi-purpose stands, overhead and boom stands, super clamps, pipe clamps and grip equipment. Subsidiary of the Vitec Group PLC which includes ownership of Gruppo Manfrotto and Gitzo.
Botero Fondos Fotograficos, Bogotá, Colombia
English and Spanish. Manufacturers and exporters of free-standing waterproof and translucent collapsible backgrounds, (no supports needed.) Wide-array of colors. Mottled muslin backdrops. Double-sided green and blue Chroma Key fabrics. Easy set-up portable rotary system for small studios and school photography. Hand-painted scenes, texturized, graduated, corrugated and flat background cloths.
Da-Lite Screen Company, Warsaw, Indiana
Best known for their large catalog of projection screens, Da-Lite also makes a portable background stand system for holding heavy fabric backdrops, drapes and seamless paper rolls. Available in one and three crossbar models for supporting multiple backgrounds for quick deployment. See "Carts and Stands" in product categories for details.
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The Denny Manufacturing Company Inc., Mobile, Alabama
Large manufacturer of muslin backdrops, studio props and related supplies. Hand painted and computer painted backgrounds. Hand painted "Old Masters" and photo-realistic motifs, textured and solid muslins and scenic style backgrounds. Specialty fabrics and papers, Chroma Key fabrics. Manual and motorized track systems, lift systems, clamps, muslin steamer and more.
Dot-Line, Chatsworth, California
US distributor of RPS brand studio seamless paper, 52" to 140" wide in more than 45 colors and tones. RPS catalog in "Studio Accessories" includes cross reference color chart for RPS, Savage, Superior and BD brands of seamless paper. Background products include rolls of RPS Dif-fuse white polyester fabric, Ray-Velour flocked with high luster rayon, Ri-Flexio gold and silver metallic backgrounds, Mirra mylar for bounce lighting and unusual background effects, Trans-Lum translucent plastic for light diffusion. RPS hand painted muslin backdrops in seven colors and two sizes. Delta 1 reversible backgrounds, portable background stands, crossbars, clamps, poles and more. No consumer sales.
Grupo Manfrotto, Vicenza, Italy
In English. Manufacturer of Manfrotto and Avenger lighting supports for the photographic, motion picture, broadcast and entertainment industries. Photo studio and on-location equipment, including background and lighting supports, lighting control, rigging and grip accessories. Comprehensive catalog of stands, clamps, arms, brackets, bars, lighting booms, background support systems, rail and pantograph systems, shooting tables and more. Lighting Support products are manufactured solely in Italy. US distributor for Manfrotto is Bogen Imaging Inc.
Lastolite Limited, Coalville, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
For more than 20 years, manufacturing backgrounds and lighting control systems for professionals. Products include variegated and solid color collapsible backgrounds, creaseless and seamless canvas scrolls on sturdy aluminum poles, portable scroll backgrounds for location shoots, machine washable curtains and muslin backdrops, seamless paper rolls in many colors. Chromakey collapsibles, scrolls and curtains. Background support systems include curtain supports, collapsible background stands and expandable poles for seamless paper and canvas.
Matthews Studio Equipment Inc., Burbank, California
Since 1970 manufacturer of high end, specialized hardware for film, television, photographic and theatrical industries. Products include heavy duty Mitchell Mount tripods, camera pedestals, side mount kits for attaching cameras to vehicles, C Stands, Hollywood stands, overhead stands, booms and arms, side arms, truss and grid clamps, camera dollies and dolly track, lighting control and much more. Matthews Griptionary covers Hollywood film studio lighting and grip lingo from A to Z.
The Morris Company, Chicago, Illinois
Extensive catalog of studio lighting equipment. Free-standing portable background paper hanger kit, clamp and poles kit expands background stand to hold three rolls of seamless pape. Background stand carrying case. Chicago's Helix Camera, The Morris Company and Speedotron Corporation are owned by the same family.
Novoflex, Memmingen, Germany
In German and English. Founded in 1948, at the forefront of developing photography tools for more than fifty years. Magic Studio is a complete tabletop photography solution, with flexible opaque and translucent backgrounds, color and neutral tone background sheets, continuous studio lights, camera holder, clamps and carrying case for travel. Novoflex manufactures an eclectic catalog of studio lighting, tripods and tripod heads, much more. US distributor is HP Marketing Corp.
Owen's Originals, Washington, Kansas
Studio background manufacturing for more than 29 years. Hand-painted synthetic canvas and muslin backgrounds. Canvas-like synthetic fabric is tougher and more crease resistant than canvas. Computer painted scenic backdrops. Old Master muslin and canvas backdrops, many patterns and color schemes to choose from. Digital backgrounds include green screen and blue screen. Backdrop stands, roller systems, canvas supports, muslin clips and more. Collapsible black and white velour backdrop with zippered case. Hand-painted designs are made in America.
Paterson Photographic Limited, Tipton, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Distributor of washable cotton fabric InterFit background cloth in seven mottled shades. Wide sewn hems for horizontal support pole. InterFit background support systems with cross poles designed to support heavy textiles and seamless paper rolls. Background support carry bags. US branch in Douglasville, Georgia.
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Photoflex Products Inc., Watsonville, California
Muslin fabric backdrops in basic tones, marble textures and Chromakey colors. Backdrop support kits include stands, pole and durable carrying case. Stands extend to 12 feet high and pole extends to 13 feet wide. FlexDrop studio and location kit come with double-sided Chromakey blue/green background, stand and holder. Extensive catalog of lighting equipment, light modifiers, Transpac cases and accessories.
Photek USA, Shelton, Connecticut
Dyed nylon blend Backgrounds-in-a-Bag available in pastels and earth tones are perfect for the traveling photographer. Background Support System in-a-Bag supports seamless paper rolls 11 feet wide and muslin backdrops 12 feet wide and comes with canvas travel bag. Digital Lighthouse is a portable translucent light tent for product photography. The Photek People Popper is a nylon blend dyed velour background with background support system, crossbars, carry case. Distributor is the Brandess-Kalt-Aetna Group.
Photo Tech Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota
Home of the RollEasy photo background stand, the original background roller system manufactured in the USA since 1953. System supports up to four full-sized rolled backdrops and seven compact-sized rolls. System includes ceiling or wall mount track, mounting brackets aluminum rollers, drive assemblies and more. Hand operated and motorized models. Blue and green Chroma Key backdrop fabrics, flame-retardant seamless paper in rolls, extra-wide rolls and sheets.
Reflecmedia plc, Winsford, Cheshire, United Kingdom
In English. Product brochures in European languages. Chromakey fabrics include Chromatte drapes and panels with reflective glass beads. This ensures perfectly smooth backgrounds even when shooting from acute angles. Unlike conventional chroma key fabrics that are usually blue or green in color, Chromatte is grey to the eye in ambient light. Designed to work with LED LiteRing. ChromaFlex screen gives videographers a collapsible Chroma key studio in a bag, use in any controlled lighting environment. Ideal for digital video production and television news crews..
Rosco International, Stamford Connecticut and Hollywood, California
"One of the world's largest manufacturers of products for theatre, film and television production." Aluminum matte black Cinefoil and Photofoil is ideal for masking light leaks and eliminating unwanted reflections. Rosco theatrical and scenic paints for backdrops and scenes, vibrant and supersaturated colors. Dayglo fluorescent paint glows with ultraviolet lighting. Phosphorescent paint for total darkness. Chroma Key blue and green paint. Flame retardant for synthetic and cotton blend fabrics. Offices in US, Canada, Brazil, Spain, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Savage Universal Corporation, Chandler, Arizona
Since 1937 manufacturing Savage Widetone seamless background paper, available in 48 colors in widths up to 107 inches wide. Other products include Velvetine non-reflective table top background material. Reflect-O-Board metallic boards for reflecting light. Diffuse is a translucent, non-woven fabric for soft lighting effects and can be suspended like seamless paper. Trans-Lum translucent plastic background material for backlight and light table diffusion. Background stands, lighting equipment, photo studio hardware and more
Testrite Instrument Company, Newark, New Jersey
Free standing Stanrite background support. Find in the Visual Accessories Catalog under "Photographic Accessories and A-V Equipment".
Studio Dynamics, Paramount, California
Hand painted photographic backdrops. Dyed solid color and classic mottled muslin backgrounds in pastels, neutral and earth tones. Designer patterns, handpainted Old Maste style scenic canvas backdrops, Flexi Drop collapsible backgrounds feature a flexible spring steel frame and come with zippered carrying case. Specialty backgrounds include patterned seamless paper, photographic white vinyl, Chroma Key green and blue fabric, fantasy cloth and more. 12 and 20 foot wide backdrop stands, autopole support system, carrying bags for muslin and canvas.
Superior Specialties, Appleton, Wisconsin
Manufacturers of Superior seamless paper in 50 vivid colors for theatrical set design, photo studio backgrounds and visual displays. Crease and wrinkle resistan heavy stockt. Chroma key compatible hues. Extra wide and flame retardant stock in select colors. Hand painted seamless paper in scenic textures, more economical than canvas. Durable machine-washable, reversible dyed muslin backdrops with matching carry bag. Many patterns to select from. Chromakey green and Chromakey blue fabrics. Two-sided Twistflex collapsible backgrounds for location shooting. Varitone graduated and patterned seamless. Gossamer translucent fabric. Background stands, crossbars, paper storage rack and travel bags.
Paul Teufel & Cie, Rosenbergstr. 113, 70042 Stuttgart, Germany
No known web site, but source of the extremely durable Nennil by Teufel background material. "Nennil has all the advantages of cloth and of paper simultaneously, but does not scuff or get soiled as easily as paper or have frizzes as felt. The colors are limited but I have found several that I like. Their black is really black." (Nicholas Helmuth quote from FLAAR Information Network.) Telephone 011 49 711 63 83 37 or -39. Fax number is 63 42 06.
FJ Westcott Company, Toledo, Ohio
Manufacturing lighting tools for more than 78 years. Classic hand-painted muslin backdrops and machine washable muslins for high traffic photo studios. Collapsible two-sided backgrounds for easy travel and quick set-up. Scenic fabric backgrounds come with carrying case for travel and protection. Digital backgrounds are reversible, collapsible and available in Chroma Key green, Chroma Key blue, digital green and solid gray. Extensive catalog of studio lighting, light modifiers, reflectors and umbrellas, more.
Won Background, Paju-City Gyunki-Do, Korea
In English and Korean. Manufacturers of finest quality canvas and muslin backgrounds since 1940. Won makes it a priority to offer top quality fabric backgrounds at reasonable prices. 100% hand-painted canvas and muslin backgrounds are truly works of art - see their gallery of sample photos. Using new smoother materials and techniques, Won hand-painted backgrounds are simply the top of the line for todays portrait studios and professional photographers. Factory direct sales to photo studios and photographers. Free catalog.
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