11. Studio backgrounds

Backgrounds are the foundation on which we build our photographs. A background can make or break an image, so it’s crucial that you understand how to work with them.

There are a multitude of choices when it comes to backgrounds, both for studio photography and work on location. This photography class covers the main types of backgrounds and features a bonus clip on how to make your own.

This photography class also covers:

  • Commonly used materials for backgrounds
  • The most versatile background colors
  • How to change your background colors using lighting modifiers
  • Making your own photography background
  • Portable backgrounds for location work
  • Infinity coves

To learn how to make your own canvas background, watch our ‘Making a canvas backdrop‘ photography class.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Is Hardboard Wood? What does MDF stand for? I love that infinity cove because, well, it looks like it goes on for infinity.

  2. Hi Karl , thanks for your great videos . I want to say that it exist colored papers background bigger , I am buyinf them at Calumet , 2,72m large .

  3. Hi Karl.. I do think the light meter has its use a much as it may not be the best tool for creative work. Where the shoe was introduced to show a different material would require that the light reading is done again for that specific subject in my opinion.

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