How to Choose the Background for Your Still Life Images - Part 2

 
 

In my previous post, I discussed some of the backgrounds I use in my still life images, such as black granite, as well as black and white boards. This article will look at other creative ideas you can use for your backgrounds.

One of the backgrounds I use regularly are wooden cutting boards.

What I love about these is that they are great for food photography. After all, we use them everyday in the kitchen.

Canon 7D    |    Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro    |    f/5.6    |    1/100 sec    |    ISO 200

iPhone 5C     |     Snapseed     |     Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro    |    f/2.8    |    1/100 sec    |    ISO 400

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro    |    f/7.1    |    1/80 sec    |    ISO 1600

They are also fantastic for adding a textured background for other subjects.

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro    |    f/5.6    |    1/100 sec    |    ISO 3200

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro    |    f/3.5    |    1/80 sec    |    ISO 2000

 

A very inexpensive way to give the look of wood or stone is to use adhesive vinyl.  These rolls were only $3.00 each from Kmart.  They were quite easy to apply to foam core boards.  Although you have to watch out for those annoying little air bubbles, like when you are covering the kid's school books.

This one is called 'Light Woodgrain'.

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 50mm f/1.4    |    f/8    |    1/2 sec    |    ISO 100

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 50mm f/1.4    |   f/8    |    1/2 sec    |    ISO 100

This one is called 'Light Marble'.

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 50mm f/1.4    |    f/7.1    |    1/100 sec    |    ISO 1600

 

Another option you could use are decorative pieces, such as wood panels or trays, that either fill the entire background or are included as part of the overall styling.

iPhone SE    |    Snapseed

Including a tray between your subject and the final background gives another layer of depth to your images.

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 24mm    |    f/4.5    |    1/80 sec    |    ISO 640

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 50mm f/1.4    |    f/7.1    |    1/50 sec    |    ISO 1250

 

If your subject is small, you may be able to use scrapbook paper.  These are the standard 12 x 12 inch pages.

Canon 5D Mark III    |    Canon 50mm f/1.4    |    f/4    |    1/160 sec    |    ISO 800

 

If your subject is very tiny, you have a lot more possibilities.  This flower was less than 1cm in diameter, so I placed it on a piece of bark from a tree I found in the garden.

iPhone 5C    |    Mextures

 

I hope these posts have given you some ideas for what you can use when creating your images.  When you search around your home, you might be surprised with what you find.

You can find Part 1 in the link below:

How to Choose the Background for Your Still Life Images - Part 1

 

Thanks for reading and remember to make everyday beautiful!