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How to Maintain your Chroma Key Muslin Backdrops

Like any other equipment, photography backdrops suffer a lot of daily wear and tear, especially when they are used for outdoor assignments. Frequent packing, transporting, and unpacking make them loose their quality and shine over the period of a couple of years. Although they seem to be mere cloths to any layman, professional photographers completely understand the significance of these digital photo studio backdrops. They need good care and attention in order to last longer and keep giving flawless backgrounds to your images. PhotoStudioSupplies shares some crucial maintenance tips that can help you
increase their life span.

Store your backdrops properly

Although they are pure cotton muslin backdrops, never fold them like you fold your clothes. This is because, when folded, your muslin photography backdrops will get wrinkles and folds. Wrinkles can badly spoil the look of your pictures. Moreover, smoothing them is not so easy. Therefore, always try to avoid wrinkles as much as possible. If you donít intend to use it for some time, roll your digital photo studio backdrop up on a plastic tube and store it in a clean, dry place. Never use a wooden tube, as wood has a tendency to retain moisture. Whenever you want to use it, simply hang it on its stand for least 24 to 48 hours before the shoot. The gravitational pull will automatically smooth it out.

Avoid washing your photography backdrops

Due to their everyday use, digital photo studio backdrops have higher chances of getting stained. Staining might be due to coffee spill, fingerprints, contact with machine oil, etc. Although most manufacturers claim that their backdrops are machine washable, PhotoStudioSupplies, do not recommend you to wash your photography backdrops unless there is no other way out. This is because; muslin has a tendency to shrink when washed. Even the best quality muslins shrink and therefore, washing should be avoided as much as possible.
When washed, the backdrop might lose some color and get wrinkles. The best way to clean them is to immediately remove the stain by using a light soap and water solution. Use cold or normal water to make this solution and gently rub it on the stained area. Hang it in the sun till it dries. Use a lint roller to get rid of the dust.

Use safe methods to smooth out your backdrops

Despite all your efforts to keep your digital photo studio backdrops free of wrinkles, chances are there that they might get these unwanted features. Smoothing them out is not very time-consuming or challenging; however, it must be done carefully in order to avoid any damage. Never iron the photography backdrops; rather use a fabric steamer to remove the wrinkles. The heat and water combination will effective smooth them out without damaging them.

Backdrops play a crucial role in enhancing the look of your pictures and therefore, make sure you donít mishandle them. For more useful photography tips, keep reading our other articles.

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