Variety in Studio Makes You a Better Photographer by David Hakamaki

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you keep working the same background or keep getting the same results?  Why not try and diversify your background options and include a wide variety of Savage Universal seamless background papers?  These darlings come in four sizes, 26” x 36’, 53” x 36’, 107” x 36’, and 107” x 150’. Select colors are also available in 86” x 36’ and 140” x 105’.  Thus, even the smallest studio can accommodate a number of background papers.

I run a full-time home based studio, with my camera room in a converted bedroom, so space is limited.  By having a variety of Savage seamless background papers, no matter what my subject comes in wearing, I can delight them with a background that brings out their fashion and style.  A recent studio session with my daughter, Lara, allowed us to run through 5 different backgrounds.  I told her to throw together some outfits that would be found in a fashion magazine and, WOW, did she challenge me.

Options of Savage Seamless Paper Backgrounds at Cutting Edge Photography
Options of Savage Seamless Paper Backgrounds at Cutting Edge Photography

Her first outfit and makeup job had a variety of colors to try and coordinate.  This gave us the chance to pull three different seamless papers and work a number of poses on this outfit.  The colors we used were True Blue, Crimson and Studio Blue.  Without a variety of papers to choose from, we would have been stuck either (1) using a color that didn’t match or (2) limited to only one color.  Needless to say, three seamless paper colors gave us a wide series of images from one outfit.

Her next outfit was a purple number that is very hard to match.  However, using our Orchid seamless paper, and adjusting the background light, we were able to create a perfect complimenting purple to Lara’s outfit and makeup.  This color is striking to the eye and can be brightened or darkened by raising or lowering the light directed upon it.

Finally, she went the more traditional and elegant route by donning a cute navy and white striped dress, along with matching handbag and plush coat.  This was an easy choice for one of my “go to” seamless papers – Ultramarine.  This rich blue can dive to the deepest navy tones or into a nice medium blue, again by varying background light intensity.  This background is an easy choice as a complimentary or contrasting color.  It works for so many colors and styles, which is why it always sits ready to pull.

So, if you want to vary your options or expand what your studio can do with your subjects, add a wider variety of seamless paper backgrounds to your arsenal.  You, and your subjects, will love the results.
Article published on Savage Universal Blog by:
David Hakamaki, Cr. Photog.

Cutting Edge Photography

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One thought on “Variety in Studio Makes You a Better Photographer by David Hakamaki”


  1. Options of Savage Seamless Paper Backgrounds at Cutting Edge Photography
    Her first outfit and makeup job had a variety of colors to try and coordinate.  This gave us the chance to pull three different seamless papers and work a number of poses on this outfit.  The colors we used were True Blue, Crimson and Studio Blue.  Without a variety of papers to choose from, we would have been stuck either (1) using a color that didn’t match or (2) limited to only one color.  Needless to say, three seamless paper colors gave us a wide series of images from one outfit”
    I don’t agree. Read https://www.borrowlenses.com/blog/lighting-and-photographing-white-seamless-background-headshots/

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