Jen Rinaldi Photography

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Backdrops – Make Your Own! November 30, 2007

I think I will be heading out tonight to buy some fabric for use as backdrops.

Definitely black but I may also get a white one…I’ll have to see what they have when I go. I also have to figure out what kind of fabric will work for photography…can’t be too shiny or to sheer…ugh, I hope this doesn’t turn out to be a nightmare in choosing. 🙂

I found this site that talks about what you can buy (fabric-wise) and I printed this to take with me:

I also found this DIY site that talks about making your own colored backdrop:

Cheap DIY (Homemade) Muslin Photography Background

Spice up your home made muslin backdrop

Tomorrow I’m photographing my friend’s newborn baby. This will be my first time photographing a baby so this is all good experience. She wants to use one for the family’s Christmas card which is so nice. That will be 2 Christmas cards with my photos this year. I love that! 🙂

I’ll be sure to share some once I edit them!


I just got back from JoAnn Fabrics store and I picked 4.33 yards of black Muslin. It was 7.99 a yard (AAACK!) I bet I could have found it much cheaper elsewhere but I didn’t care because I needed something for tomorrow.

I got it 108 inches wide because that was the largest width they had in black. Now, I have no experience at all with this kind of thing so I couldn’t even tell you if this fabric will work. I hope it’s not too thin or two wrinklely…well the wrinkle problem can be handled with an iron (yuck…ironing…uuughhh)but the too thin will be very bad.

I know nothing about lighting but I hope that the flash and some room lights will work (I pray). But, this is all experimental so I’m not worried. 🙂

EDIT: Oh! I just got a link to this great DIY backdrop hanger. I think a trip to IKEA might be in order:

My great friend Julie has shared some wonderful photographers to look at examples of their work for tons of great ideas. THANKS JULIE!




See this post for more information on backdrops I obtained “cheap” and info. on backdrop stands:


2 Responses to “Backdrops – Make Your Own!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    You are doing a great job of sharing hyperlinks to some GREAT photography resources! Thanks for sharing.

    Good luck on your session tomorrow. I hope everything works out the way you would like it to. And, I look forward to viewing the results of your work.


  2. Snussyenelf Says:

    Fantastic website.. Hope to definitely visit again,,

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