If you’re an amateur photographer or new to the professional scene, you might want to convert a room of your house into a photography studio. If possible, you should paint the walls black. However, one white wall can come in handy.
Black walls will prevent the light from bouncing off of them and altering your lighting situation. A white wall is good when large, plain backgrounds are called for.
With background lighting, a white wall can also be made to look like anything from white to dark grey. You can also use a dark curtain across a white wall when needed.
Try to stay away from colored walls as they reflect colored light and might affect your photos. A white ceiling can be a good idea though, as it’s easier to bounce flash from it.
You can use various white or colored background paper rolls or bed sheets for background effects and scenes as well. These pre-made backgrounds and backdrops can usually be bought and used in your scenes. Assorted velour, muslin, and canvas backgrounds are popular, along with plastic materials and assorted large cloths.
Your background should have a matte finish as glossy material can often cause reflections. Background materials may be held up with stands, brackets, hooks, holders, and telescopic ceiling poles, which are also good for lights.
Photography backgrounds are available in assorted sizes, materials, designs, and colors. They can typically vary in cost from around $50 to $1,000.