Written By:
Jeff

The Satin Backdrop: Everything You Need To Know

Published On:
August 6, 2021
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Satin backdrops are everywhere these days. From professional photography studios to the hottest wedding photographers, satin is a popular and glamorous choice for a backdrop. So it's easy to see why satin backdrops have been gaining popularity--they can create an elegant, luxurious feel in any setting!

The benefits of using a satin fabric as a photo background are undeniable; however, there is also plenty of confusion surrounding the material itself. Many people don't know where they came from or how to use them properly. Because of that, many photographers avoid using them altogether.

Well, we're here to clear the confusion. We'll talk about what satins are, how to care for and hang them, and lastly, some of the best on the market today. So by the end of this article, you'll be able to move forward and enjoy the benefits of this beautiful fabric.

Let get to it!

What Is Satin?

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Satin is a weave - commonly known as the Satin weave. This weave gives the fabric its smooth and shiny texture (along with the materials used). The weave also allows the fabric to be stretched.

Satins are made from both natural and synthetic fibers, such as silk, polyester, or nylon. It's often used in clothing, tablecloths, and photography backdrops.

You don't need gear, you don't even have to be a certain age! All that's needed is something with potential for a great photo in front of it; then just start shooting, experimenting and trying new things.

Take pictures of anything - cars driving down the street or flowers blooming in your garden are both good subjects to shoot. Basically, anything that interests you.  The point is to start and then stay consistent.

What Kind Of 'Look' Do I Get From Satin Backdrop Curtains?

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Satin backdrop falls under the 'chic inspired backdrops' list. If you're looking for fashion/wedding/chic/glam - you're looking at the right backdrop curtains!

The surface is reflective and giving off a specular light - it's a perfect glam photography backdrop.

If you're thinking about building photo booths (or take photos inside of photo booths) - this is usually the type of backdrop within them.

Satin backdrop curtains give a very modern look to your images which is why it's used in most weddings as both backdrops and as table covers. You have to admit - wedding designers come up with extravagant backdrops - They're beautiful displays of what these backdrops are capable of.

How To Care For A Satin Backdrop

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The satin material should be stored in a place where it won't contact dust particles or sunlight. Doing this will help it last.

Don't iron the satin! The heat from an iron can warp the fabric and cause permanent damage. Instead, you're just going to want to hand-wash your satin fabrics using a delicate detergent and cool water right away. But if you would like to remove wrinkles from your satin curtains -letting them hang is your best bet. Depending on severity - this could take 24 hours to more than a few days. It all depends on how it was stored and for how long.

As satin material is fragile, you'll want to be careful when handling the fabric in order to prevent any snags or tears from happening. You can avoid this by always using your hands as clamps - holding onto both sides of the satin curtain before attempting anything else with it.

It's best to store satin fabrics in either furniture designed for displaying fabric or a storage bag with the zipper closed--not an unsealed plastic bag. Doing this will protect it from dust, dirt, and light exposure, which can cause fading over time and damage the satin material itself. Better than a bag - a sealed bin/tote is better. You're able to neatly (and loosely) fold it and store it away.

Treat your satin fabric as you would any other delicate material.

It's important to take care of satins to maintain their quality and appearance, not to mention to make them last longer.

How To Hang A Satin Backdrop (Chic Inspired Backdrops)

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Think of satin-like curtains because that's basically what it is!

You'll hang it much the same but with a backdrop stand. If you're interested in a double-layered backdrop (where one is a layer on top of another, seen often at weddings) - you'll want to mount/hand it from a wall and have the second layer hand from the first.

You can pin/magnet/hang from the wall if you decide not to have a backdrop stand.

Straightforward yet beautiful material. Much easier than something like Canvas or Muslin.

Pros And Cons Of A Satin Backdrop

Pros:

  • Inexpensive compared to other materials (Muslin and Canvas)
  • Able to achieve bright/fashion/chic/glam photos with ease
  • Able to build a beautiful backdrop (for a wedding party, for instance)
  • Easy to store, move, and hang.

Cons:

  • Very shiny. Photographers may have a hard time balancing flash between the backdrop and the subject.
  • Very delicate. Think of sheer fabric like a wedding vale. Of course, it's a little thicker and denser than that - but snags just as easy.
  • Machine wash and iron are not recommended. Air dry only.

Sizing Your Backdrop

I leave this photo in nearly every backdrop post I make - it's a visual representation of different sized backdrops compared to the size and number of subjects in the frame. It's a convenient picture to have! I hope it helps!

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Where You Can Purchase The Best Satin Backdrop On The Market

I'm not saying this is the 'end-all-be-all of satin backdrops. Honestly, your wedding planner/coordinator would have much more experience with satin than I do.

I use it on occasion - mainly at birthday parties and events.

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But the only one I've had great luck with so far (and I've tried quite a few, esp the cheap ones on amazon) - is Luna Wedding and Event Supplies. Phenomenal quality satin backdrops and equally as good customer service.

They're based out of Australia - but I received two backdrops from them (separate orders) - and they arrived in less than two weeks with zero issues whatsoever.

I highly recommend them over anything you may see on Amazon. I have been burned a bunch by cheap brands and will not recommend them if I haven't tried it (or the product was bad).

That About Covers It All!

Not too bad, right? It shouldn't be! Satin is a straightforward material to both handle and cares for.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to clear up any confusion about satin fabric. If it hasn't been answered in the post itself, feel free to comment below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible! You can also check out our article, 'What Makes a Good Photography Backdrop: The Ultimate Guide for more information about other fabrics and materials. Again, we hope that this was helpful and enjoyable!

Until next time, be safe, and keep creating!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best material for a backdrop?

This depends entirely on what you're shooting and what you want the image to look like/say/feel. All backdrops/materials have a slightly different look and feel to them. Generally speaking, paper, vinyl, and microfiber are the easiest to use and most affordable.

What is the best fabric for wedding backdrops?

Satin. Hands down and without a doubt. It helps the entire bright/sunny/happy feel of a wedding. I would only recommend something else if you were trying to have a 'darker' wedding. Then you may want to look at something like microfiber/canvas/muslin.

Is Satin a Woven?

Yes. Satin is a type of weave. It is normally made from silk, polyester, or nylon. The satin weave allows the material to stretch and adds to the smooth feel and sheen.

What is the best material for a white backdrop?

Honestly, if the backdrop is going to be pure white and nothing else - plain white backdrop paper would do perfectly—no need to purchase vinyl or microfiber. Muslin and Canvas would be pretty expensive compared and not worth the extra time and energy to set up.

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