Tonight’s the night. Your event looks amazing and everything is in place. Your custom event backdrop, dotted with the logos of event contributors, looks like something off of the red carpet. As guests begin to arrive, you start to notice a problem. Your custom backdrop is too small! Heads and limbs are poking out from the backdrop in every portrait. Suddenly, choosing the cheapest size backdrop no longer seems like the best idea.
Choose the Right Size for Your Custom Backdrop
Make sure before you purchase any background to take into account the venue and where it will be placed. Larger is much better if you are photographing larger groups but worse if it won’t fit into the space. Not every vendor will have these exact sizes but this will give you a general idea.
10×20 – Comfortably fits 4-5 people. This size is the most popular size among photographers. It is also possible to fit more than 5 subjects in the photo if they are comfortable being grouped very tightly. This size is also less limiting and can allow for more creativity when posing.
10×10 or 10×12 – Appropriate for smalls groups of 2-3 subjects. These are both popular sizes and do not offer much difference in use. Keep in mind that this size is still quite limiting, and will not allow the photographer much creativity when posing.
8×8 or 6×9 – Singles or very tight couples. This size is great for headshots and tighter single-person full body shots. This size is not recommended for photos featuring more than one subject.
These are guidelines when picking the size of your custom event backdrop. Obviously smaller sized backdrops will work for larger groups if you don’t mind that people are sticking out of the backdrop. However, this creates a less appealing representation of the event that you’ve worked so hard to make a great impression. Yes, retouching is possible. But wouldn’t you rather invest less in a better backdrop than more in retouching?
If you do choose a smaller sized event backdrop, remember to keep in mind what is around the sides of the backdrop. For example, a plain wall would be appropriate and a door with an exit sign would be quite distracting.
Save Money by Not Purchasing a Stand
Many event planners purchase stands to hold up their customer backdrops but photographers already have high quality, sturdier, and safer background stands than you typically will spend money one. Save that money and put it into a larger background.