At Design Revolution, we have almost 200 different backdrop options! In the past, we have only offered cloth backdrops, but we’re adding Vinyl Backdrops to our vast backdrop catalog. We custom design all our own backdrops and flooring. We also print all our backdrops on wrinkle-resistant, polyester blend fabric. As photographers, we know what works and what doesn’t. Our products are tested in our own studio for quality and durability.
If you’re a new photographer or just haven’t explored your backdrop options yet, we’re here to help you learn about the difference between cloth and vinyl backdrops. Each style has unique strengths and weaknesses and has its own place in the photography studio.
Cost // Vinyl backdrops are cheaper than most fabric backdrops. Cost can be a major consideration when deciding which backdrops you will need to have on hand in your studio. Vinyl might be your best bet if you’re on a tight budget. However, shipping vinyl is more costly due to the long tube that it is shipped in, compared to the easily folded cloth backdrop.
Care // Vinyl backdrops and all of our cloth backdrops can be washed. However, if you are going to be shooting a cake smashing or other potentially messy session, vinyl will be your best bet. Vinyl can be wiped with a damp sponge, whereas cloth backdrops will need to be spot treated. However, cloth backdrops are not used on the floor, so they don’t often get as messy as vinyl backdrops.
Quality // You can find high-quality vinyl backdrops, but cloth backdrops usually look richer than vinyl ones. Vinyl backdrops can tend to have glares, but the cloth ones do not.
Usage // Both Vinyl and cloth backdrops are fairly easy to use. They both can be held with clips in your studio. Vinyl backdrops offer that seamless look between the background and floors. Cloth backdrops are typically paired with a different style flooring. Again, it depends on the aesthetic style that you are trying to achieve.
Storage // Both vinyl and cloth are fairly easy to store. However, vinyl backdrops will need to be stored in a long tube, so they will take up more valuable studio space. Cloth backdrops can be folded like a sheet, so they can become fairly compact.
In conclusion, vinyl backdrops and cloth backdrops are both great options for photographers. Really, it comes down to what you prefer and what and who you are photographing. If you have any question about which background material is best for you or would like to request a vinyl backdrop, please call or email us. We’ve put together a selection of our backdrops that are available in vinyl.
Update 3/23/2016 – We have retired our Heidi Hope Backdrops. We are currently working with other artists to bring you new and exciting backdrop designs! Check out our full backdrop collection or you might like one of these:
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