So I'm getting started shooting studio portraits. I recently bought two white muslin backgrounds to create a couple backdrops to get started with. I'm starting by going the cheap route and making my own until I'm more comfortable with what I'm doing.
I currently do wedding and family photography, and would like to bring some of that in-studio. I have a calumet genesis 200 2-light kit (with umbrellas) for my main lighting. I have a 580exII that I planned to use as a 3rd light if needed. (hair/background/etc...)
My main two issues are as follows:
1. What color backdrops? From reading around, it seems I can go a long way with gray/black/white. If you had to pick two, which two would you pick? Considering I'd like to do some basic family stuff, and perhaps some engagement or bridal portraits, would it be better to throw in a warmer background to start with as well?
2. Solid colors or tie-dye look? Alot of the self-made backdrops do the bunched up look to give a bit of that random tie-dye background that looks nice in certain shots. I'm worried however that by doing this to start, would I be limiting myself initially?
I'm basically looking for the best versatility to start with. I know I won't be able to tackle all types of portrait jobs, but something that will give me some room to grow until I can create/buy more backdrops as needed would be great! My budget is limited, so what I can do with what I currently have is the ultimate goal.
Thanks in advance!