What is Colorama paper?

At Studio 5, our Manchester photography studio, we use Colorama seamless paper for our photography backdrops.

We choose to use Colorama background paper in our photography studio because we believe that it is simply the best paper on the market. The Colorama background paper rolls are seamless and crease-free, they are also very effective when being used for flash photography as they don’t produce any shine or reflection like some of the cheaper brands do. They are also available in an impressive 55 colours!

We stock a large number of colours on-site in the photography studio, but if there is a specific colour that you would like to use for your shoot then please use the Colorama colour chart to select your colour, and we will order it in for you in time for your session from our preferred supplier in the UK, Manfrotto.

In our photography studio, we use 2.72m wide backdrops from the Colorama range. As we have found that this is the best width for full-length standing portraits, and also group shots, which allows more flexibility for you to be creative with your photography during your time in our studio.

Below is the handy colour chart to help you find your next colour. Please quote this colour in the description when booking online.

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Why won’t my wireless flash trigger fire?

There is nothing more frustrating that wasting valuable studio time trying to get equipment working.

We have listed our top 3 tips to check if you are struggling to get the off camera flash to fire for your Canon or Nikon camera. You will be surprised how often it is always the most obvious thing!

  • Check the channel first! For the transmitter and receiver to communicate they should be set to the same channel. You can use the test button to confirm that the transmitter and receiver are communicating. The test button will trigger the flash directly.
  • Have you attached the flash trigger transmitter to your camera correctly? If you can trigger the flash via the test button on the transmitter but not when firing a shot from your camera then its worth taking the trigger off of the hot shoe and reattaching it firmly ensuring the trigger is all the way on and secured so the transmitter connections are fully connected to your camera flash.
  • Batteries? If you can’t fire the flash from your camera or the trigger then try replacing the batteries, It’s not uncommon for batteries to go during a long session, most studios including studio 5 have rechargeable batteries on hand so do switch the batteries out and see if that helps.