Friday, August 29, 2014
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DIY backdrop for food photos

Are you looking for a better way to photograph that scrumptious dessert you just made? This simple tip will make a huge difference for your food photos. It’s easy, simple, and doesn’t cost a lot.

I created a backdrop to use when taking photos of my food to go along with my food blog posts. A backdrop can make a world of difference when taking photos! It gives the photo a little bit of extra oomph and can create a sort of “mood” – in fact, you can get very creative with this DIY project to create the mood you think would go well with your photo!

I am sharing my backdrop with you today! I choose to create a darker stain with white paint for a more rustic feel.

Supplies:

  • Piece of wood 4×4 (I got mine at Lowes)
  • A small can of wood stain
  • A small sample of white paint
  • A paint brush

First, you stain the wood and let it dry for a while or even better, overnight.

Next, you get the white paint and just brush it lightly over the wood to give it a worn country look. To be honest, I didn’t use a paint brush for this, I used a bottle cleaner! I couldn’t find a paint brush in the house, so I compromised!

Feel free to experiment with whatever you may have in the house! Different materials can give you all sorts of different textures! DIY is all about using what you already have and making it your own!

Voila! That’s it! You have an one-of-a-kind, unique backdrop for your photos that you made yourself! It is easy to move around, in case you want to take photos in various places of your house!

Tips for Taking Photos of Food: 

It is about the lighting. So make sure you have a nice, naturally lit spot to take your pictures. Some nice plate wear or photo props, such as utensils, drinks and a nice coaster or napkin, are always a plus. I am lucky have a kitchen with a ton of natural lighting. Sometimes to much! This photo was taken on a slightly cloudy day! Here are some examples of of my food photos:

Remember, you do not need to have a fancy DSLR to take “good” photos! In fact, I have a Nikon digital camera. It cost me about $300! Try taking photos from various angles, such as up close or from an higher, overhead perspective.

You can do different types of stains, paint colors, maybe even wallpaper. You can get super creative with this idea! Just make sure you have great lighting and good food!

Priscilla Craven is the owner of It’s Peachy Keen. I have two girls that just rule my every waking moment. I also have a little man that rules not only waking moments but sleeping ones too! We love finding fun things to do and traveling anywhere we can. We make an adventure our of everything. I love blogging and feel passionate about it. It’s fun to try to bring some of my personality into my posts. I’m not perfect and why would I wanna be!!! Being yourself and showing your kids that is ok, is the best thing to teach them growing up! As well as to be accepting of everyone along the walk of life. If there’s nothing better I know how to do, it is to pass a smile.

Priscilla is also a Sverve Influencer – check her out here.

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