Photography and Video Backdrops – Difference Between Cotton & Paper Backgrounds


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There are three main considerations when selecting a backdrop:

1. Price
2. Portability
3. Production

The price of a backdrop varies with the sizes available. Paper backdrops are typically available in two widths:

– 2.72m x 10m (Full Width)
– 1.36 x 10m (Half Width)

Cotton muslin backdrops are available in various sizes, including:

– 3 x 6m (For full body)
– 3 x 3m (For cropped / half body shots)
– 2 x 3m (For cropped/ single subjects)
– 1.45 x 1m (For headshots – shoulders and above) – perfect for livestream and YouTube.

Storing and transporting backdrops is a consideration when deciding the location for your shoot. Cotton muslin backdrops can be folded and transported easily, compared to paper backdrops that will typically need a vehicle to transport.

Cotton muslin backdrops are machine washable whereas paper backdrops will need to be disposed of (length cut off) when dirtied.

The type of production needs to be taken into consideration when selecting the colour of your backdrop. Will it be for a video or a photo shoot? Chroma key backdrops or plain solid colours are versatile to have for video shoots, whereas any colour can be typically be used in a photoshoot, depending on the brief or what shot is being achieved.

The main accessories to consider with your new backdrop would be:
– Backdrop Stand – to help mount your backdrop in a studio or on-location environment. Alternatively, permanently installed ceiling or wall mounts are available.

– Backdrop Pegs – to help keep backdrops taut or to prevent them from unravelling when mounted to a backdrop stand. Either peg the top of the backdrop (for paper backdrops) or the sides of the backdrop to keep them taut.

– Weighted Sand Bags – It’s best to keep your backdrop stands weighted with the assistance of sand bags to maintain stability of your backdrop, when mounted.

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  1. This video could not have a come at a better time because I am lookibg to buy local paper or fabric for my shoots. Thanks.

    Side: note I do not know how your mic is setup but I will assume it is a lav mic. I can hesr the gain (hissing) as the mic adjusts to your voice to pick it up. Work on that or I highly recommend a shotgun mic for crisp audio.

    Kudos.. Keep the good work up.

  2. Can you please let me know if cotton muslin backdrops are suitable for full length shots where I want some frame of the floor as well in the same color as the background. (the cloth extended towards me(the photographer). ) Will it have wrinkles while people are standing on it?

  3. Hello from California! You're very good on camera which makes your videos pleasant to watch in full length. Very helpful & informative as I'm looking to upgrade gear & studio for my channel. Keep it up ✌


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