In the September issue of Professional Photographer, we published the first part of Stan Sholik's look at the ins, outs, and applications of different types of backgrounds, "Background Check, Part 1: Getting real," which covers seamless paper, muslin, canvas, fabrics, cyc walls and other real drops. In the October issue, Sholik covers virtual backgrounds.
As a complement to the article, click through for a list of background designers, manufacturers and retail sellers with live links and information on the types of backgrounds they sell.
Distributor of a wide variety of background products from Savage, Studio Dynamics, Photek, as well as their own lines and a wide variety of chromakey background products
On-line distributor of canvas and muslin backdrops, background support systems, lighting equipment, tripods, bags and cases, and chromakey backdrops
Hand-painted scenic, floral, and old masters photography backdrops on canvas or muslin in the USA. Artistic Backgrounds also has hand-dyed muslin photography backgrounds
USA manufacturer of custom 100% cotton muslin backgrounds with many styles in stock.
Canvas and muslin backdrops, background stands, roller systems, track systems, props, clothing and accessories
On-line distributor of canvas and muslin backdrops, background support systems, lighting equipment, tripods, photo software, chromakey backdrops and low-cost background CDs
Individually hand-painted backdrops on canvas and muslin in the USA. Signature-Series muslin backgrounds are painted on a heavy-duty material that is stretched and painted like a canvas giving the quality and look of canvas with the light-weight and portability of muslin.
Backgrounds by Maheu
Individually hand painted canvas, muslin or windowshade backdrops to buyer’s specifications. Stock and custom designs as well as props and support systems
Blue River Digital
Can create custom, computer-produced backdrops from your original photo or digital file. Printed on fabric or vinyl
Manufacturer of FeatherWhite Ultra, a tearproof, dirt-repellant backdrop, that's specifically designed to replace white seamless paper for high-end photographic applications
Sells Calumet, Studio Productions and Westcott backgrounds, seamless paper, background supports and stands, cyc infinity walls, Bogen, Lowel and Photek products
Chicago Canvas and Supply
Supplier of raw canvas and muslin, as well as dye for the do-in-yourself backdrop maker
USA creator of custom 100% high-density cotton muslin backdrops. Each backdrop is two-sided, with one side more muted than the other, for two different surfaces
Denny Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Manufacturer and retailer of photography backdrops on canvas and muslin, digital backdrops, photo backgrounds, digital backgrounds, background stands, roller systems, sports backgrounds, photographic custom backdrops, sports backdrops, green screen, blue screen, photography studio equipment, photographic supplies, photo props, portable backdrops, scenic backdrops
Specializes in custom, hand-painted backgrounds on canvas or muslin.
USA manufacturer of hand-painted canvas and muslin backdrops. Photographic backdrops, photo backgrounds on canvas and muslin. Scenic photography backgrounds, muslin backgrounds and backdrops, digital backdrops and backgrounds, studio equipment, photo lighting
Backgrounds-in-a-Bag. Hand painted on one side to create an "old masters" effect (an important plus to the portrait photographer) the reverse side is offered in its solid color for other photographic uses. Because the material is not
completely opaque, the backgrounds respond very well to additive color through the use of gels
Manufacturers modular cyclorama background systems, most constructed of ABS plastic.
Savage Universal Corporation
Background paper, background stands, lighting, tripods, posing tables and stools
Supplier of the widest variety of backdrops, props and accessories for commercial and portrait photography
USA creator of standard and two-sided muslin backdrops, hand-painted canvas and muslin scenics and brush-painted canvas and muslin backdrops
Silverlake Photo Accessories
Two-color, three-color, four plus-color hand-painted backdrops on heavy 100% cotton muslin. Scenics backdrops and props also
Studio Dynamics, Inc.
Wide selection of hand-painted canvas and muslin backdrops as well as a range of props, backdrop carrying bags, a motorized backdrop lift system, background stands and crossbars
Studio Productions, Inc.
Durable translucent “gossamer-like” backdrops that can also be used as an opaque backdrop or layered for unique effects
Superior Specialties, Inc.
Seamless background paper, scenic textured backgrounds, fabric backgrounds, patterned backgrounds, graduated backgrounds, background stands and accessories
The Grand Manner Studio
Individually hand-painted scenic backdrops in the style of the great oil painters such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and Gainsborough. Also available for custom painting in your studio. Recommended by Phillip Charis
Manufacturer and retailer of front projection systems including transparencies. Will make transparencies from digital files.
The Woolie, Inc.
Everything you need to create your own mottled backdrops, including how-to information