Who is Savage Universal?

From our beginning in 1937 as a manufacturer of quality board and paper products, Savage has provided photographers the essential elements for success. Family-run from the start, we have a commitment to quality and innovation that defined who we were in the beginning and still defines who we are today.

Products such as photographic backgrounds continue to be a key focus of our manufacturing efforts, but there’s much more to the Savage story. We’re continuing to develop innovative products, especially in the digital arena, to meet the needs of today’s more diverse photography community—professionals and semiprofessionals alike.

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Featured Articles

  • Product Photography

    Product Photography

    11 Articles

    Quality product photos are essential to any business, especially online retailers. When customers cannot pick up, feel or try on a product, it's up to you, the photographer, to deliver images that portray the item's best features in the best light possible. 

  • WPPI Conference & Expo

    WPPI Conference & Expo

    3 Articles | 14 Galleries

    We have a great time at the Wedding and Portrait Photography conference and expo every spring! It's always a pleasure to speak with longtime customers and to meet new ones, offer interesting live demonstrations featuring our products, and host a fun contest and lots of giveaways! Below you'll find our yearly photographer demonstration schedules and what's going on the Savage Universal expo booth.

  • Photographing Kids

    Photographing Kids

    12 Articles

    Photographing young kids can be an arduous task that takes more creativity and effort than photographing adults. However, children can be some of the most rewarding and fun subjects to work with! After gaining some experience, you'll easily learn all sorts of tips and tricks to capturing those genuine smiles and big personalities. 

  • Comparing Backdrops

    Comparing Backdrops

    19 Articles | 12 Galleries

    There is an overwhelming amount of choices available to studio photographers when it comes to equipment and gear. Photographers must decide location, model, camera lens, props, and lighting setup of their photo shoot in addition to choosing the perfect backdrop. While the background may not seem as important to the end product as other factors, it can really make or break the photo. 

  • Shades of Gray Backdrops

    Shades of Gray Backdrops

    4 Articles | 18 Galleries

    A gray backdrop is a versatile, modern and sophisticated choice for most portrait styles, and is found is most photographers' studios. Here at Savage, we love gray so much, we offer 16 unique shades of gray seamless paper! 



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