It's no secret that backdrops play an important role in events, theatrical shows, and photography. A backdrop is what creates a specific visual scene, and if your backdrop isn't right for the event, it can end up distracting viewers and guests.
Whether you're among the 140,000 professional photographers working in the U.S. or the 134,000 event planners operating nationwide, here are some of the most common backdrop mistakes that you want to avoid at your own event, your client’s event, or in your photography business.
- Choosing the wrong drapery. Different drape panels are used in various circumstances because they have different benefits. For instance, Banjo drapes are best used for trade shows and at conventions because they're inherently flame retardant, cost effective, and durable for repeated use. On the other hand, you probably wouldn't use Banjo drapes for a changing room, private area, or any other instance where it's important for the fabric to be opaque. Premier drapes are commonly used for school functions (think graduations and performances), business, banquet halls, and as church curtains. So you can see that having the right drapes for the occasion is an important decision. Make sure your choice in drapery is a good fit for your given application to avoid mishaps.
- Choosing the wrong height. A backdrop that's eight feet tall may be great for room dividers, photoshoots, and displays. But backdrops aren't necessarily one-size-fits-all. It's important to know where you need a backdrop to stand at your venue or studio and just how much room you need it to cover. For you photographers out there, consider this: a three-foot tall backdrop may be perfect for children's photography, but a 14-foot backdrop is better suited for corporate events. No matter what you’re using your kit for, be sure to pay careful attention to the height that would work best.
- Choosing the wrong fullness. It's important to consider the fullness of your drape panels based on the event you're using them for. For instance, drapes with a minimum of 50% fullness are great for schools or religious performances. For wedding backdrops or other formal events, you may want 100% fullness (extra bunching in the drapes). For photography, especially for product photos, you may want 0% fullness (flat drapes, with no bunching) so that it’s not a potentially distracting backdrop. Don't forget to take the level of fullness into account when planning your event or session.
- Not using enough color. This can be a tricky one, because color choice is largely based on personal preference (either yours, or your client’s). Dark, dramatic colors for your backdrops? Light, simplistic colors? If it’s for a wedding, where you might instantly think “white wedding drapes”, it’s not always that easy. Perhaps the bride and groom’s color scheme includes gold, and they’d like gold drapery. If your pipe and drape kit is being used for a business function, consider the corporate colors that are used for the website, logo, and marketing materials. If you're hosting a trade show, you may want to (and probably DO want to) stand out from the crowd, and not have yet another black backdrop in a sea of black backdrops. Make sure to consider the color of the backdrop you're using for your event and whether that color is best suited for the occasion.
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