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What is a cyclorama?

What is a cyclorama or cyc wall and why did we insist on building one in our studio??


A cyclorama is a large curtain or wall, often concave, positioned at the back of the apse. It was popularized in the German theater of the 19th century and continues in common usage today in theaters throughout the world.


An infinity cyclorama is a cyc which curves smoothly at the bottom to meet the studio floor, so that with careful lighting and the corner-less joint, eliminates depth perception and creates the illusion that the studio floor continues to infinity.

This allows for full body shooting with no distinction between wall and floor, perfect for light manipulation, the insertion of an large array of backdrops and an endless space behind the models.


A cyc wall is very useful for a variety of shoots and styles of photography including e-commerce, catalogue, and fashion. The infinity ability helps drag attention to the model or product without obvious background or wall-floor corners. A flawless background without distraction allows the focus to remain on the subject.


Trust me, once you've shot on one you'll never go back to a stand back drop and the hours of cleaning up the corners, uneven fabric and floor joins again!

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