One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2015 was to use more of my own blog photos; that’s about when I tripped and fell into the wild rabbit whole of photography.
It has been a joyous, and educational ride. Ironically, the featured photo for this post is a stock photo… but a girls gotta do what she’s gotta do. Taking photos for for fun and taking photos I actually need for my blog is quite different. For the latter, you’ve got to worry about backgrounds, lighting, and a bunch of other things. Today, let’s talk backgrounds.
If you’re the creative type with a goal to take your own photos, I recommend using scrapbook paper as a background when capturing images of the smaller things in life. They’re cheap and with millions of styles and prints, your possibilities are limitless*.
*Living in a secluded part of America may be the only hindrance here, but if you’re open purchasing scrapbook paper online everything will be just dandy.
Hit Up These Places for Paper:
- Hobby Lobby
- JoAnn Fabrics
Not every store has the same styles, so if you’re really looking to diversify your background collection check out as many craft stores as you can. Let’s open the door even wider and include fabric prints that also work just as well if not better, especially when photographing slightly bigger objects.
I have a DIY light tent that I crafted with PVC that works for some things but nothing compares to good ol’ natural light out in my front yard. I simply set the piece of paper outside with the object on top and snap away.
I store my scrapbook paper in a wall-mounted basket that can be found as soon as you walk into my office. It makes it super easy for me to flip through the pages when it’s photo-takin’ time.
Take advantage of what’s around you, such as gravel, grass, sidewalks, counter tops, anything and everything could be used as a photo background.
This was a true game changer for me, and I hope you have fun with it too! 🙂