Using Creative Backdrops For Food / Drink Photography


BP imaging Food and Drink Photography Using Creative Backdrops

While there are a ton of different and unique backdrops for sale, they can often be overpriced for a photographer. Get the look you want in your images for much less cost by using daily items as backdrops.

For a lot of our food photography at BP Imaging, we use a rustic theme. In the past we have used old skids that we have painted for a creative backdrop. If we require a large set, we will customize a backdrop with sheets and paint to get the required look. Even if you don’t have an item in mind, there are a variety of things at your local Goodwill and Salvation Army to find inspiration.

We have compiled a list of unique and creative backdrops which are easy to use, look great and are completely customizable:

  • Shower curtains
  • Large towels
  • Tablecloths, blankets (the bigger the better), quilts, sheets, fabric, curtains, upholstery, rugs, drop cloth, etc
  • Wood panelling, plywood sheets, tile board, wall panelling from a hardware store
  • Christmas lights
  • Antique or painted doors or window frames
  • Bubble wrap tacked to a board, aluminium foil glued to a board
  • Old newspapers, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, butcher paper, paper drawer liner
  • Bamboo shades, wooden blinds
  • Mirrors
  • Old display boards and signage from department stores/retail stores
  • Seamless paper + added recycled party decorations
  • Garage floor

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The sky is really the limit with these creative backdrops to get the look your client is seeking. You can more or less substitute anything for a backdrop. But remember, a backdrop is just that – the BACK of the photo. Make sure your unique background doesn’t take away from your subject. No one wants to be upstaged by the background!

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