If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know that I shoot pictures with my DSLR camera all the time!! 🙂 For posts like this or this, I like to have a nice, clean-looking backdrop. Today I wanted to share a DIY project with you – it’s quite simple, but it can make a big difference in your photography!
See this photo below? I don’t actually have a marble countertop in the house. 😉
There are ways to get lovely photos even if you don’t currently have your “dream kitchen”…or dream countertop or surface of any sort! (I shared my general food photography tips in this post and talked a bit more about how to get good food photos when you don’t have your dream kitchen.)
Here’s how you can get that lovely look anyway!
- 1-2 foam poster boards (I got mine at Walmart)
- Contact paper in your favorite pattern or texture (I ordered this white marble one and this rustic wood one from Amazon — not an affiliate link)
What to Do:
- Decide if you’d like 1 or 2 poster boards. The reason I say this is because I only made one “marble” backdrop and I’m thinking I’ll probably make a second one, so that I can prop one of them up vertically as a true vertical backdrop while I shoot an object that’s sitting on the horizontal “marble” surface.
- Roll out the contact paper and lay it against the poster board (without yet peeling off the backing) to measure and trim off what you don’t need.
- Then, peel off the backing and carefully smooth the contact paper onto the poster board. I found it’s easiest to control wrinkles by starting with the roll of contact paper close to me and smoothing the contact paper onto the board down away from me.
- Finally, grab your camera and a small object like a succulent or pen, and start snapping some photos! 🙂
What’s your favorite thing to use as a photo backdrop? What’s your favorite photo backdrop look?