5 Reasons to Make Your Own DIY Photo Backdrops
September 16, 2018
Painting A Way Out
Stress alert! This week has been one of the most stressful weeks of college, and I really needed a little interlude from all the external noise detracting me from my focus. Thus, I set myself out on a easy project for the weekend.
I’ve always wanted to take better photos. In fact, I don’t think I’m any good at photography in the first place. Fortunately, my lackluster photography skills are somewhat questionably countered by my sense of style for food and drink.
One of my largest photography struggles is finding the right place to style and snap my bakes & shakes. Most of the time, I snap my shots outside to utilize the natural light I’m currently blessed with. However, outdoor photo shoots are cursed with external noise and finding a photo background consistent with my vibe can be difficult.
I had to get creative. Taking inspiration from Bea, one of my favorite food stylist and photographers, I ended up deciding to create my own photo background.
Bea’s blog was recently nominated as a finalist for the Saveur Magazine 2018 Blog Awards for Best Photography, and I really can’t think of a more fitting person for this accolade. She is one of my greatest sources of inspiration as a food stylist & photographer.
True to her style…the results were simply phenomenal AND the whole process only required a trip to the nearest home improvement store for plywood, paint, and a sponge.
To illustrate my point, here are a couple of reasons why you should definitely start making your own backdrops!
Cost Effective | The fact that these DIY photo backdrops only require three “ingredients” makes them extremely cheap to make. In total, this project cost me approximately 20 US dollars, AND it left me with tools to use for the future as well! If you really want to amp up the cost effectiveness of this project, utilize all sides of the plywood with different designs.
Therapeutic Process | I would consider these backdrops to be an extremely easy project….so much so that I would even go to say the process is relaxing. Block out a couple of hours to just sit and paint, and you quickly realize that for once in your life, you’re not feeling rushed or stressed.
Easy to Customize | As I briefly mentioned before, you can make these backdrops with a variety of different color combinations and designs, making them easy to tailor to your preferences. Your creativity is the limit here!
No Wrong or Right | I love easy projects like these because, since there is no right or wrong, you fully get to experience the process. No one is there to judge you. And no matter what you do, the results are phenomenal.
Clear Results | Last and definitely not least, this reason speaks for itself. The method Bea uses to create her photo backgrounds is beautiful because it provides such depth to photos via contrasting colors, textures, and atmosphere.
I hope this post opened your eyes to why these photo backgrounds are much more reliable and cost effective. Of course, these backdrops are not just limited to food and can be applied to all sorts of photography. In fact, I would love to see what ideas you come up with for your own DIY photo backdrops. Get creative. Be inspired. Thrive.