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Very nice backdrop; don't wash it however...
on December 11, 2010
The StudioHut 10'x20' Fantasy Painted Muslin backdrop is the 3rd backdrop that I have purchased. The other backdrops that I own are black and white, so this is the first backdrop I bought that I want to "see" in my portraits. Compared to my other backdrops (also muslin), the StudioHut backdrop is more substantial/thicker. The color "pattern" is very pleasing, although it is painted such that there is a lighter area in the center of the backdrop which noticeably darkens towards the edges. Personally, I would prefer a completely uniform pattern, with no obvious dark/light areas, allowing me to light the backdrop as I choose to create shape and size of highlight area that I want. The photo in the description is more like what I wanted, although I would guess that it is just a sample from the center of the actual backdrop.
Being muslin, this backdrop is nearly impossible to use without wrinkles. However, I use muslin clamps on my backdrop support to stretch the backdrop as much as possible by clamping it to the backdrop supports, and use depth of field techniques to put the backdrop out of focus as much as possible when shooting, which very effectively hides the wrinkles. As other muslin backdrops that I have purchased, it arrives folded in a plastic bag, so when you first use it the fold-wrinkles are quite noticeable, even when using my techniques to soften them. If I am going to have wrinkles, I would prefer random wrinkles, so I attempted to remove the fold-wrinkles by washing this backdrop in cold water (no soap) and drying it in the dryer. This was not a great idea... I checked the washing machine about 1 minute into the delicate cycle and the water was black. I quickly drained the washer and dried the backdrop, hoping I did not ruin it. Fortunately, I did not, although it did not come out of the experience unscathed-- the color is faded a bit and also set a bit darker in the wrinkles. I was hoping that the paint used on this would be wash-proof, but it was not. My lesson learned... Next time I will take the time to iron out the fold-wrinkles instead. Despite this mishap, however, I still have a good backdrop for portraits. I would have given this 5 stars if they had only provided a warning somewhere, either on the Amazon page, the StudioHut page or, preferably with the actual backdrop that warned not to wash the backdrop.