Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Drop Studios Backdrop Review + Giveaway!

*The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!*

I recently purchased a photography backdrop from Drop Studios. I've had my eye on one for a while, and finally decided I should just get it. :-) I was trying to decide between getting the Solid Teal backdrop, the Solid Charcoal backdrop, and the Solid Mocha backdrop. In the end I went with the Mocha.


The backdrop shipped quickly; I ordered it on a Friday and received it the next Thursday. It was nicely packaged in a cellophane sleeve. I pulled it out and snapped a few photos with it right away with my cat and sister as models. :-) The backdrop was naturally creased from shipping, but even with that I got some nice photos (I was too impatient to iron it first :-). The creases came out easily with an iron on synthetic.


The backdrop is very well made with a pocket at the top for inserting a dowel rod to hang. I'm hoping at some point to try constructing some sort of stand for it. The edges have a professionally serged finish to prevent fraying. It was more lightweight than I thought it would be, but it doesn't look like a lightweight fabric in the photos. The fabric has a nice drape to it and looks great hung "flat" or draped into soft folds. Below are examples of both.

My lovely sister, backed by a draped backdrop...

... and a smooth one!

It has a nice matte texture so you won't end up with shiny spots in your photos. The color is more of a tan color in person, but warming up the photo either with your white balance or afterward in photoshop can give you a more creamy, warm brown (which is my preference). So it's kind of like having two different browns in one. :-)

Bridesmaid bouquet with the backdrop hung flat...

...or draped. Can't decide which I like better!

It measures 5x9 feet. It is reasonably priced at $29.00; I doubt you could buy the equivalent in a fabric store for less. Drop Studios also offers 9x10 photography backdrops, as well as patterned photography backdrops.


I can see using this for a variety of types of photography. I purchased the Mocha backdrop for the reason that it was a neutral color that I could use for lots of things; portraits, product photography, food photography, or any time when you want to block out an undesirable background. Below are examples of some product photography



Now comes the really fun part. Drop Studios has generously offered to give away one 5x9 solid photography backdrop! Check out the details below and enter to win!


Mandatory first entry:
• Visit Drop Studios on Etsy, and and then come back here and comment letting us know which backdrop is your favorite!

For extra entries:
• Blog, tweet or post on Facebook about the giveaway with a link back to this post. Leave a separate comment here with the link to your post. Only one comment, even if you do all three.
• "Like" Drop Studios on Facebook (there is a Like button toward the bottom of the shop's sidebar). Leave another separate comment here saying you've done it.
• Follow my blog (click the "Follow" button in the sidebar), subscribe to my RSS feed or follow by email. Leave another separate comment saying you did so (only one comment, even if you both follow and subscribe). Those who already follow/subscribe may just comment saying they already do so!

Maximum 4 entries per person. Make sure you post a SEPARATE comment for each extra entry. Giveaway is open worldwide! Giveaway will close September 10, 2011. Winner will be drawn at random and announced by September 12, 2011.



*Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

32 comments:

  1. LOVE the black and white damask!! I have 7 days of giveaways going on at my blog www.lisadphotos.com/blog! I'd love for you to join us! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  2. Neat giveaway! :)

    Here's the backdrop that I would want if I won.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/71579646/5x9-photography-backdop-solid-mocha

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  3. I liked "Drop Studios" on Facebook! :)

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  4. I already follow your blog. :)

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  5. I posted about this giveaway on Facebook!

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  6. Solid Mocha was my favorite! Count me on this grand giveaway!
    Abigail

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  7. I am a happy follower of your lovely Blog!

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  8. Hmmm...I like the mocha one that you picked...it is very versatile!
    Alanna Lexie

    newtfour@hotmail.com

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  9. Arrgh! I love, LOVE the teal one, but I will be practical and say that a white one is the one I would pick to photograph my products...thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  10. Blogged!
    http://imcapturingbeauty.blogspot.com/2011/08/great-giveaway.html

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  11. Nice backdrop! I really like the flower pictures! I would pick the Solid Lemon Cream if I won! :D http://www.etsy.com/listing/71579340/solid-lemon-cream-photography-backdrop.

    For the flower picture, I prefer the smooth one... :D

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  12. Hi Katherine,

    Thank you for this contest. I love to look at your photography you give me so many great ideas. Our Heavenly Father has given you a wonderful gift. It was hard choosing a backdrop but I loved the solid royal blue one. May God Bless you, Christina

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  13. I like the mocha one. :)

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  14. I follow your blog of course! :D

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  15. This backdrop makes me happy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74791828/gold-with-black-damask-photography
    Gold with black damask. Just gorgeous.

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  16. I like the lilac and silver damask. They are all beautiful and so reasonably priced!

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  17. I posted about this giveaway on Facebook. Did you want a link to my post? https://www.facebook.com/MrsKinsey/posts/230125617034563

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  18. I "liked" Drop Studios on Facebook.

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  19. I now follow your blog. Looking forward to reading your posts and seeing more of your work!

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  20. Hi Kathryn!
    Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! Tough decision! The the Solid Yellow Cream and the Solid Mocha are my favorites. So pretty!

    Blessings!
    Allison

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  21. I'm a follower! You have such a beautiful talent Kathryn. I love all the pictures on your blog!

    In Christ,
    Allison

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  22. Hello!!!
    I would L♥ve to enter in this AWESOME giveaway!!
    BTW you take Great pictures!!! Keep up the good work! Here is the link to the color I would probably choose.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/69405703/solid-charcoal-photography-backdrop-5x9?ref=v1_other_1
    Thanks!
    Michelle

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  23. My favorite is the solid charcoal! :)

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  24. I love the solid green apple backdrop! Its amazing!

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  25. I love the solid charcoal backdrop! Amazing!

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  26. I am a new proud follower! Your blog is so cute and your photos are awesome!

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  27. Kathryn, congratulations on your blog and commercial success. I enjoyed looking through your photography. Sorry for using an old post to ask a question. Did you ever decide how best to use the backdrops (from Drop Studios)? The pricing and color options seem like a good way to go for a small practice studio like mine. Note: I am in "year 3" of my 5 year plan to become a paid photographer. So far I've donated my work or just done it for fun (hope it stays "for fun" regardless of the financial part. Thanks if you get a chance to answer back. No hurry. Brad www.bradneffphotography.com

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    1. Brad - Since I shoot 90% of my portraits outdoors, it's a bit tough for me to really address a studio setting; but I do mainly use my backdrop for newborns. I would also say it would be highly useful for something like business professional headshots. If you do mainly studio work I'd definitely recommend Drop Studios backdrops - they are affordable, come in lots of colors like you said, and I think they look good in pictures (nice, smooth texture). Not to mention you're supporting another small business owner.
      I hope that was somewhat helpful!

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