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.
They are also fantastic for adding a textured background for other subjects.
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'.
This one is called 'Light Marble'.
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.
Including a tray between your subject and the final background gives another layer of depth to your images.
If your subject is small, you may be able to use scrapbook paper. These are the standard 12 x 12 inch pages.
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.
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:
Thanks for reading and remember to make everyday beautiful!