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Review of Backdrop Outlets Titanium Cloth

TL;DR; I do not recommend Backdrop Outlet due to printing quality and poor customer service.

I started using the Titanium Cloth backdrops from Backdrop Outlet about a year ago for a holiday photo shoot.  I ordered a light grey snowflake backdrop.  When it arrived the size I ordered was too small so I emailed back to request an exchange.  I didn’t hear anything back for three days (at which point I gave in and called them – I hate calling on the phone for these things), but finally they got the exchange processed and the new backdrop worked great.  It wasn’t 100% wrinkle free (but really, I don’t think any fabric is truly 100% wrinkle free) but it was definitely pretty good wrinkle wise.

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Recently I needed another backdrop for The Gift of Golden Years photo series.  I wanted something with warm tones and picked one of the Titanium Old Master fabrics.  It looked a bit cooler than I wanted, but with some tweaking of white balance and added textures, overall it worked out great for the series.

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The top is closer to what “auto WB” shot at.  The middle is SOOC after I changed the WB because I wanted more warmth, and the bottom is the final edited photo used in the series.

If you’ve read this far you might be wondering – why do I not recommend them then?  My third order was a bust!  Since it worked so well for my Mr Mo photo series, I decided to buy another one for my next photo series – a light solid grey. Unfortunately, it showed up with lines running through the backdrop and with a blue/pink tint to it.  I thought my white balance settings were all off until I finally bought a grey card to verify – and yep, correctly WB’ed and it shows up as blue/pinkish – not grey!

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Upped the contrast here to draw attention to the lines on the backdrop.

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SOOC version.

Here is proof of the white balance issue:

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Now if Backdrop Outlet would have quickly responded and fixed the issue, letting me return this one in exchange for an accurate grey color without lines, then I might still be recommending their backdrops.  But it’s been three days and I haven’t heard a peep from them (over email – I haven’t called yet… did I mention I hate having to call?).

So I asked for recommendations for a different company in a photo group and someone sent me to Denny’s.  I quickly ordered up a package of neutral tones of the Poly Cloth when, just a few minutes after my order was placed, a photographer suggested their Freedom Cloth.  I replied to my confirmation asking if the order could be halted because I wanted to take a look at the freedom cloth.  They responded immediately, halted my order, and helped me find the right backdrops to order (which indeed turned out to be the poly cloths – apparently the same fabric as freedom cloths just with a different name for solid colors because wrinkles show up more).  After a 50% off sale due to cyber monday and the price couldn’t be beat – (5) 8 x 10 backdrops for around $250!!  (to give some perspective the one faulty grey backdrop above I purchased for $200 – also after a 50% off sale which seems to be one of those always on sale deals – all of the cloths above I got for 50% off).

Now I have yet to actually get my Denny backdrops so I can’t say for certain yet whether I recommend them… but things are definitely looking up customer service wise!  🙂

 

 

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