Learning About PVC and Vinyl Backdrops
Because of their durability and variety, PVC and vinyl backdrops are a cost-effective option for photography studio backdrops. Available in multiple colors, patterns, and as chroma key backgrounds, they last for years, and work for most types of photo sessions. Consider vinyl or PVC when you want a reusable, easy-to-clean backdrop.
Why Choose PVC or Vinyl Backdrops?
While seamless background paper has been the traditional preferred background, vinyl and PVC have advantages that save time and money.
1. Wrinkle Resistant
Removing a wrinkle in a background increases your post-production time. PVC and vinyl backdrops rarely wrinkle, but in the rare case they do, it's easy to remove before a shoot with careful application of heat.
2. Tear Resistant
Unlike paper, vinyl and PVC don't tear easily. A misstep or a sharp edge won't cause replacement of an entire backdrop.
Accidental soiling can occur, especially if your work includes pets. You can easily disinfect vinyl and PVC.
Although you can get the standard shiny finish, PVC photo backdrops come with matte finishes that resist reflective glare. You can also get finishes that resemble wood or other flooring. Place these over your carpet or studio floor to change the look of your scene.
5. Easy Storage Options
You can store PVC and vinyl photography studio backdrops upright in rolls or vertically on racks.
When to Use Vinyl Backdrops
The strength and weight of vinyl backdrops make them best suited for studio work. They're heavier than other materials or collapsible backgrounds, but once set up, they can remain in place for continuous use. Use this material rather than muslin and fabric backgrounds if your shoot involves liquids or smears on the backdrop. Shoot, wipe with soap and water, and you're ready for your next shot. Use only mild soap, not petroleum products, since these dry out vinyl and make it crack.
No matter the style or subject of your session, there's a colored or patterned background to suit it. Visit B&H Photo and Video to find the vinyl or PVC option that works for you, and then head over to our blog for some helpful photography tips and solutions.