Custom-made, hand-painted backdrops were all the rage a few years back. I personally could never justify the price of one, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t wanted to try it out.
In this video, Luke Cleland does what I did. Cleland takes the initiative and paints his own backdrop. I think that’s brilliant! As Cleland puts it, this is just that one extra custom touch to his photography that no one else has and that will carry his stamp, so to speak, in the images he authors using this backdrop.
There is no disillusion that this can probably go one of two ways. As Cleland states, you will either find out that you are a backdrop-painting prodigy, and this becomes your new calling, or you summon up old ghosts of school photos past with something incredibly tacky. Anyone remember those ugly blue backgrounds?
Cleland does cover all bases and shares some very key what-not-to-dos. I just know that at some point, I’m going to end up trying this myself and either end up thanking Cleland immensely for this wonderful idea, or I will mess up immensely. He does add that for him, this is still a work in progress; I might wait to see how it turns out.