Best Quality Backdrops
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joesmosax
Registered: Jun 21, 2003
Total Posts: 643
Country: United States

I've been shooting headshots on white and gray paper for the past two years. I also have a few westcott collapsible backdrops(I think called storm clouds) the type you often see in corporate headshots. It's fine but generic.

I'm looking to change things up- but it's very hard to find good backdrops. I've ordered a few other westcotts and haven't been happy with them. I'm looking for something classy and high end looking which avoids a cheapy 'studio' look. Ideally they could be collapsable(my studio is pretty small).

Thanks!



BrianO
Registered: Aug 21, 2008
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Country: United States

You can find a huge range of styles and prices at Denny Manufacturing, a large and well-established company.

http://www.dennymfg.com/



joesmosax
Registered: Jun 21, 2003
Total Posts: 643
Country: United States

Brian,

Thanks, will check it out. If anyone has a really stunning backdrop- would love to see samples.

Best,

Joe



aztwang1
Registered: Jul 31, 2010
Total Posts: 452
Country: United States

Heres some samples I have in studio...These are all from Denny's

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pik9fd3xx7beyj4/8nsH_9sJRF/Back-grounds



kdphotography
Registered: Dec 22, 2005
Total Posts: 1254
Country: United States

One of my favorite suppliers is www.backgroundsbymaheu.com



studioone
Registered: Nov 30, 2005
Total Posts: 89
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I have always stuck with www.aurabackdrops.com
They are the best prices I have seen on good quality backdrops.

What kind of backdrops are you looking for?



RDKirk
Registered: Apr 11, 2004
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Country: United States

My hero uses Maheu, but Maheu ain't cheap.



vivekool
Registered: Feb 14, 2005
Total Posts: 1
Country: Antigua

Are you looking for collapsible ? You can take a look at www.backdropsource.com or you can Google and find plenty of websites.

Good luck!



RDKirk
Registered: Apr 11, 2004
Total Posts: 8976
Country: United States

studioone wrote:
I have always stuck with www.aurabackdrops.com
They are the best prices I have seen on good quality backdrops.

What kind of backdrops are you looking for?


Do those have the niceties of rod pockets, hemmed edges, and grommets? I kind of liked the Sedona pattern.



studioone
Registered: Nov 30, 2005
Total Posts: 89
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All of the ones I have purchased have rod pockets and hemmed edges, but only some of them come with grommets.

I am the purchaser for a group of studios, we order a lot of backdrops and aurabackdrops the best I've found, especially for the price.



John Skinner
Registered: May 31, 2007
Total Posts: 725
Country: Canada

As I have posted from time to time on this forum, I am a huge fan and user of LastoLite products. In particular, the LastoLite HiLite.

And here's why.

You have a 6 X 7 collapsible background in a bag. All white that can shoot flawless HiKey shots, and is dark gray on the reverse side.

If gelled light is introduced, you can change up the color with pretty neat results (although you can do this post in Ps as well)

They offer what is called "Bottle Tops" for the unit, which allows you to drape any of their solid colors over top so it becomes a stand-a-lone fold-able carry with you background. Or, you can make your own 'bottle top' units as I have done here with Denny cloth.

And, as if that was not enough, ANY company such as DENNY or any of the other magic cloth type fabrics will hang on this without frames or stands wth just 3 squares of velcro. Set-up is just 60 seconds, and tear down is about 120 seconds. Mind you... all in a bag.

I can even use this as one huge 6' X 7' softbox ! It's like one huge window where I don't have one.

Given the versatility, and the amount of cash this ONE piece of kit has generated here, I can say it's been one of the best investments of cash I've made since 1978.



henryp
Registered: Jun 03, 2003
Total Posts: 1879
Country: United States

IMO Denny is the Honda Accord of backdrops and Maheu is the BMW. Both are extremely reliable and produce a fine quality product. Whether Maheu is right for you depends on your budget and in part on how well you'll treat them. If you're moving from location to location every week, I think Denny should be more than adequate. I've used both. YMMV

My personal opinion.
Henry



ratedkg
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 3
Country: United States

RDKirk wrote:
studioone wrote:
I have always stuck with www.aurabackdrops.com
They are the best prices I have seen on good quality backdrops.

What kind of backdrops are you looking for?


Do those have the niceties of rod pockets, hemmed edges, and grommets? I kind of liked the Sedona pattern.


Thanks for the link. I recently bought from this site (http://www.aurabackdrops.com/america-extra-wide-scenic-background-20x10-p-491.html), a good one to add to my collection.



irish-george
Registered: Dec 15, 2005
Total Posts: 537
Country: United States

Studio Dynamics is the best available IMHO, followed by Denny Mfg. Calumet is pretty good, too.