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. Hey Karl, you may want to move the 12-foot paper a bit to the right as it’s covering the emergency exit.


  2. Karl, I love the fancy lever rolling background system you are using in the studio. I would like to get rid of the hanging chains and I do not really trust the electric drives so this looks like perfect solution.
    However, I was not able to find anything like that on internet. Could you let me know who produces those?

    Thanks a lot for your help.

    Cheers, Tomas

    1. Hi Thomas, this is a Colorama background system which is owned by Manfrotto. It may be under thier Lastolite brand now?

  3. Hi Karl
    Can you tell me what the size of the plasterboard is? I looked it up and it seems that it can be bought in a number of sizes.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 .

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

Leave a Comment