Contest #11: Win an X-Drop Background Kit (a $120 Value)

X-Drop Background Kit - by Westcott BasicsThis week’s Westcott Basics Contest is a little bit different.  No video here, but instead, we’re asking for your input on background ideas.

Please provide us with an idea or pattern that you have for a new Westcott background using the form below. Good luck!.
“Mock up” a swatch or pattern, and please include a short description that explains how you’d use the background in your photography.

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The winner of this contest will receive the X-Drop Background Kit of their choice from the current Westcott catalog. We may even consider putting your backdrop design idea into production! The X-Drop Kit consists of: a 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Backdrop, a Protective Drawstring Bag, a Travel Case and also, a X-Drop Stand.

X-Drop Background Kit - by Westcott Basics




16 Responses to Contest #11: Win an X-Drop Background Kit (a $120 Value)

  1. Andrea April 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I am loving this contest, so I just wanted to throw in one last idea. Hope that’s alright 😉

    A chevron zigzag would be a fun backdrop that could be used for grads, kids and newborns, or maybe even vintage fashion shoots. That pattern is absolutely everywhere! If it were multi-toned you could use it almost like a “reversible” backdrop with two color choices – one on either end.

  2. Eric April 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I always liked the newspaper backgrounds but want something different. I’ve done some shoots spreading comics out and having models on the ground but it’s a little uncomfortable for them after a bit.

    I’d use it for various “geek” themed photoshoots. Comic conventions, cosplayers, etc.

  3. Jessica April 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    The barrel vaulted branches on these trees would frame a model nicely. I would use it for portrait style head shots.

  4. stephencoppedge April 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I think todays clients are looking for a backdrop that stands out. Westcott has a lot of Graphic style backdrops, this may be a great addition the their collection. This backdrop would go great with senior portraits, head shots, and anyone who is looking to stand out from the others.

    Here you will see the same graphic treated in three different colors, in two styles. One set just a plain graphic on fabric, the other with a little more texture on the backdrop. Blacks and grays will always be in, but a growing trend right now are the gray and yellow.

  5. gots2seeit April 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I thought it would be nice to have a way to attach 3-dimensional objects to a backdrop. Oftentimes our backdrops are very flat, even when the pattern or design has “depth” to it. When we place props and our model in front of them we have foreground depth but a still a mainly flat background. It would not have to be a complicated system, just a few grommeted holes in 2 opposing corners, and attachable flowers, numbers (i.e. 2013 for graduation), Christmas lights, sports logos, butterflies etc. Perhaps attached with snaps or soft hooks of some sort. You could then use the same backdrop with customizable content. (I couldn’t find 3D objects to import quickly so imagine the objects are in fact 3D).

  6. Juan M. Iglesias April 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Space type of theme. with either stars,milky way, the moon!, constelations or all of the above!. Living in the city you dont get to see that often. and i think would be a great idea …… i can just imagine taking a shot at someone “glazing” at the stars, or a romantic look with a couple looking at the moon , in the middle of the day!!
    So many cool ideas and anyone can make a room dark for many more ideas or practice setting to make it look “dark” well that my idea found this contest entry on westcott fb page, me, just an amateour photographer thanks

  7. willwohler April 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Maybe a wood pattern like flooring or a planks. It could used vertically, horizontally, as a floor option, and also as a makeshift wall to hid distractions in the image.

  8. rickinphx April 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    I do quite a bit of boudoir photography and something I’ve not seen any background company provide are “bedroom” backdrops. These would possibly consist of headboard, dresser, lamp, drapes or wallpaper… that sort of thing. Should not include any part of a bed as this is something a photographer would already have. Variations could include less, or even none, of the things typically found in a bedroom, although drapes or wallpaper would still need to be included. Background would likely need to be soft focus. Variations could also include tall windows with drapes set a little further back.

  9. dustinstorm April 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Honestly, I have the “eminence” background for the x-drop and L-O-V-E it. It’s by far the best one out of your options, and if you had a lot more like it, so would I.

  10. Andrea April 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Here’s the breast cancer backdrop:

  11. Andrea April 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I have volunteered my design and photography services for a Breast Cancer charity for many years, and I would love to setup a photo booth at our events to take pictures of all of the participants rather than swimming through the crowd. Everyone is dressed in creative outfits and matching team wear, so it would be great to capture them on a simple themed backdrop which would be more meaningful and may add to the spirit of the photo.

  12. Awoods April 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    This backdrop idea follows the modern vintage theme, but blends in a stripe pattern which can add texture to the image, as well as emulate a true wallpaper. Again this can be easily replicated in various colors. I would use this one most specifically for weddings and glamour/boudoir shoots – white on white is really popular and clean looking.

  13. Dave Birch April 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    ceiling of the pantheon (rome)…might be a little better if done as an HDR, but still would make a dramatic background…

  14. Awoods April 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    We prefer versatile backdrops for our shoots which can vary from corporate headshots in our studio to on-location at a wedding venue. I think a simple, chunky, and low-contrast striped backdrop would have several applications, and can be reproduced in many color variations to suit different situations. My example above shows the same stripe pattern with a fake lighting vignette added to show its versatility in changing the mood with creative light setups.

  15. Kevin April 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    With the trends of “Steampunk” dominating the photography world, it would be great to introduce a steampunk theme backdrop. Many people can create the theme across to a model, but get stumped when it comes to location or background environment. With a X-drop themed for steampunk it takes the guess work out.

  16. Sandra April 11, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    My idea is to have a black background, then have some opaque areas so that you can shoot a gelled flash through the background and change the color in the design. This would be great when you want to match someone’s outfit, or use the school color for a senior pic. You could make this in several different designs, from classy to funky! I’ve used sun bursts in my example, and I’ve shown it with three different colors shinning through it. This would be a very versatile background!

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