So, I cannot claim to be the most amazing photographer, but it is something that I have been working on. Mostly for blog posts specifically for product shots and vignettes.
I don’t know about you, but my house is not a photography studio or spacious loft (see my living room here). My living room has the best natural light of the rooms in my house, but it has a really awkward layout. I have two weird half walls, and the other two walls have a corner fireplace or a piano on them. Not things I can move to stage a better photograph. I dream of a room with a big blank wall. I could set up different backgrounds, get back far enough to take a picture of furniture, and have the most amazing photography. If only…. but I can’t just up and move (I wish) so I decided to do what I could with what I had. I made my own DIY photography backgrounds with inexpensive items I could find locally or things I already owned.
Backgrounds For Smaller Projects:
1. Foam Boards- foam core comes in various sizes at craft stores, big box stores, and online. Foam boards can be left white and can also be used as a reflector. You can use them as a base and a background, setting them up for an all white background in your photos.
Change up the style by using:
- contact paper
- faux tile sheets
- wrapping paper – the nice kind that you buy per sheet. Try Minted or even create your own design at Shutterfly (instead of uploading a photo use an image of wood, brick, florals, etc).
2. Vinyl Banners – these are heavy duty vinyl and are perfect to roll up and store away. You could attach them to a piece of furniture or stand to get a seamless soft box type look. I ordered mine from BannerBuzz.ca and used an image of reclaimed barn boards instead of a business sign.
This is how I set mine up – I clamped it to a garment rack and draped it onto my dining table. You could also tape it to a wall, table, or whatever you had handy.
I also use a white tile or canvas for a white background. The image above is the setup when I shot this photo:
For Larger Projects:
Foam Board: If you want a giant sheet look at home depot or lowes. I saw some after I made mine that were at least 5 feet wide and 8 feet high. Perfect for faking a blank wall in your home. Again, you can paint these, add wallpaper, etc.
This one trick alone will give you WAY better photos for both blogging and social media. Stay tuned and I will show you what my favorite tools are (and what is on my photography tool wish list).