If you are using your backdrop as the table surface, setting up is as easy as simply laying it flat on a clean, sturdy and level surface.
To hang your backdrop behind your set as a wall you could use masking tape to stick the backdrop to a vertical surface, use grips and a photography 'C' stand or use an overhead stand or a clothes rail with clips. You can buy scene backgrounds whenever required.
Personally, I like things to be solid so I prefer to tape to a poly board which I can move around as needed.
Here is another recent setup Fruit Farms backdrop – we used a stand and clamps for this one.
Whether you use natural light, or continuous artificial or flash lighting there are a few things to consider when using printed backdrops.
As with any smooth, flat surface, there will be a little bit of glare at certain angles or with strong lighting.
These highlights can add to the drama and be part of your aesthetic (like in the cocktail shot above), or you may want to control them.
Darker prints with the most ink will reflect the most light, whereas light prints showing much of the matt surface beneath will look almost completely flat.
Any light source can be softened by using a diffuser, some thin white material (like cheesecloth or bed linen), or tracing/baking paper. This will soften both the highlights and the shadows.
Even though the light is still strong in this image, the shadows are soft – not hard-edged. This is a creative choice but harder light will naturally make it harder to control reflections.
There are numerous colors for you to pick from when you're contemplating what picture background is greatest and to make it even tougher you will find strong one-color studio backdrops and also grungy looking, double or tri-colored backdrops.
In my experience, the 1 color solid backdrops are better for macro or product picture-taking, except black and white, which are terrific for portraits too, and I believe they should be part of every photographer's studio gear. You can buy abstract & texture, portrait photography backdrops online whenever required.
The grungy ones are amazing for portraiture and draping on your photography props.
There are various sorts of materials to choose from here from heavy to light or from thick to thin, even translucent ones. They mostly come in huge rolls or a pop-up fashion.
This all comes down to the size of your subject matter? If your topic is a flower, then a little sheet of paper could be fine. But if it is a family portrait, a much bigger rolled photo backdrop will suit better.
Are Digital Backdrops a better alternative?
This throws up some great points too. This option is more affordable for you to begin building your photographic studio gear and also provides you the opportunity to sample a whole lot of various photo backdrops to determine which style you would like to purchase when you or your studio can manage it.
A terrific solution I use is to get a sizable pop-up design backdrop with more stuff at the front for pets and people to stand on.
This fits into a round flat zip-able tote for transporting and leans on a wall or is held up with a photography light kit flash rack.