I'm often asked about the backgrounds I use for my photos.
In this series, I'll share the items I use when creating my still life images.
Most of these items you might find at home. Otherwise I find stores like Kmart and Target have a great variety of products that are perfect for backgrounds.
Firstly, I always try to use what I already have on hand. Which is probably why I gravitate towards darker backgrounds - my kitchen benchtop is black.
What I love about taking my images in the kitchen is that there is a lot of space to work with when using a benchtop. The other thing I love is the reflection.
And depending on the time of day and where the light is coming from in relation to the subject, the glossy background can take on a completely different colour, almost like a mirror.
And of course being in the kitchen means you can take those food photos, even the messy ones.
In keeping with the darker theme, another background I often use are black boards.
My favourite is actually a cupboard door that was made as a sample for our kitchen. One side is glossy, while the other is matte. The other board I use is a foam core board that I picked up at my local Officeworks store.
What I love about using these boards, is that you can get a seamless dark background in your images. The black really brings out the colours and shadows, giving your images a dark and moody feel.
To prevent your subject from looking too dark, I recommend placing the set up near a window. You could also try using a reflector to bounce light from the window back onto your subject.
A plain, black background is also handy when you want to add texture during the editing process.
Of course if you prefer lighter images, you could use white boards. I use foam core boards from Officeworks.
Just like a black board, white boards are great for adding textures to your images.
As you can see, I always try to keep my backgrounds as simple as possible to make my subjects stand out.
I hope this post has given you some ideas for your still life photos.
In part 2, I'll be sharing more creative ways for using backgrounds in your images.
Thanks for reading and remember to make everyday beautiful.