Scenery : Commercial Photography Backgrounds and Backdrops Painted backdrops give an organic very flat background that is unlike anything generated in photoshop, or seamless paper. Other backgrounds include scenic flats, built walls, and Gatorboard. I can make an old school muslin drop usually in 48 hours or less. It is prepared professionally (stapled, starched, and flameproofed) in a way that guarantees it's longevity, using high quality scenic paint formulated to adhere to fabric. My "you buy it, you keep it" prices compare with rental prices from backdrop companies on both coasts.
Below is a photo by Max Helfman for Neiman Marcus Kids . I cut out and painted the set pieces as per Max's instructions.
Below is a large backdrop for an advertising photo shoot on mad scientists.