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Decorative ceiling tiles are great for photography backdrops. Very affordable, styrofoam or polystyrene tiles measure 20″ x 20″ and are extremely light weight and easy to handle. The tiles only come in white but can readily be painted any color(s) you choose with water-based paints and an airless paint sprayer. Avoid using commercial spray paint cans since the propellant in the cans may pit the styrofoam. Styrofoam tiles can be at your doorstep in as little as 3-5 business days. We recommend choosing a fairly simple tile style so that the tiles themselves do not compete with the subject matter of your photography.
In response to demand for this product, and with their typical attention to detail, customer service centric business model, Decorative Ceiling Tiles has put together 8 tile, 12 tile, and 16 tile packs for your convenience .
They offer the following styrofoam ceiling tile packages for photographers to create their own backdrops:
- Small – 8 Individual Tiles (6 feet 8 inches x 3 ft 4 inches)
- Medium – 12 Individual Tiles ( 6 feet 8 inches x 5 feet )
- Large – 16 Individual Tiles ( 6 feet 8 inches x 6 feet 8 inches)
Another option is to use faux tin tiles that measure 24″ x 24″. With 16 – 2′ x 2′ tiles you can create a backdrop that measures 8 feet by 8 feet. Faux tin tiles are made from light weight PVC weighing approximately 5 oz each. They are more durable than styrofoam tiles but are a bit heavier and more expensive. Delivery for faux tin tiles can take up to 14 business days. The advantage of faux tin tiles is that they are available in many designer finishes so there is no need to paint them and because they look like tin but are not, photographers can embrace the look but avoid the reflective properties of metal, especially when using flash.
Both styrofoam and faux tin backdrops can be attached directly to a wall or if you need a more portable, mobile backdrop, attach individual tiles to a wood board or velcro them to a cloth. Be sure the cloth matches or compliments the color of the tile.
Once again, Milan has put together 2 step by step videos demonstrating how to create easy sets for today’s photography
If you are a wedding or special event photographer, be sure to check out Outdoor Wedding Photography Backdrops for tips on creating great photographic backgrounds sure to please today’s discerning bride.