Canvas photography backdrops go a long way, and will prove to be a very good return on investment if they are well kept. Here are some tips and tricks to store your lovely backdrop and make it a pride of your studio.
Once the job is done and canvas is no longer required it needs to be stored , but that can be a tricky part given that a canvas may not be touched for days or even months after use. To store the canvas roll them , possibly over a rod or pipe. Make sure that the canvas is rolled as tightly as possible , this would reduce the chances of getting a crease on the canvas. While rolling also keep in mind that you need to roll the canvas as straight as possible so the canvas doesnt make cones and depression as that would add on to the risk of getting creases on the edges.
Store the canvas horizontally , preferably inside a cardboard tube. For a short amount of time you may keep the canvases vertically , but no matter how sturdy canvas roll looks it will begin to sag after a while thanks to the bitch gravity, so the best position is lay them horizontally.
Store canvases in a dry place to avoid moulds.
TIP: If you have too many of them its always better to name your canvas, on the edge or cover
2) Removing Creases
Canvases are bulky beasts and a common problem with them is that they tend to get creases. The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that you should have a permanent stand setup in your studio , this would minimize the risk of you canvas getting a crease.
If you have got soft creases on the canvas , let it roll tightly and leave it for some time , this would help the canvas get back in shape.
Hard creases would be a bit difficult to remove but you can try to iron the canvas using steam , or damp cloth on the back side . Never iron on the front side, never iron it without little bit of moisture also keep in mind that water should be only enough to moist the canvas not wet it.
3) Cleaning your canvas
If we live in an ideal world this section won’t be present, and you won’t be reading it. So here we are! anyway, my point is that avoid getting you canvas dirty simply because prevention is better than cure. But for a photographer (specially baby photographer) it is not always possible to keep the canvas in a pristine condition. Use damp cloth and gently try to remove dirt and dust . If you drop something on it , try to clean it up as quickly as possible. Never use any kind of cleaning agent for the backdrop. Worst case you have the editor!!. Avoid walking over the canvas with dirty shoes/ sandals…. And yes NO CAKE SMASH Session on the canvas!!.
TIP : While hanging use paper/cloth as a cushion between the clips and canvas to avoid scratches.
Hope these tips help you take care of you canvases in a effective way and they prove to be your goto setup saver!.