I rolled out of bed this morning and decided this was the day to make food photography backgrounds.
I’ve been waiting to work on this little project for weeks. Today is the perfect day, it’s a long weekend here, it’s sunny and hot.
Earlier in the Summer, I salvaged some old wood fence planks. Since they had lain under a deck on the ground, I left them to dry out in my storage room.
I have three paint samples that I purchased from the Home Depot, to experiment with making my own backgrounds. I have yet to find that “perfect” background, so I decided to try my hand at making some of my own in colors that I found appealing and would work well when shooting food photography for Culinary Zest.
I decided to go with the blue and off white paint samples, I would paint one side of the wood plank one colour and paint the other the second colour. That way I get the most bang for the buck. I get two different coloured backgrounds out of the one set of planks.
In my earlier post on Finding Props for Food Photography I touched on how I bought a lot of my items for painting the backgrounds from a Dollar Store. The paint samples I bought at the Home Depot for $5 a sample and they were more than enough to paint the planks I had.
From the Dollar Store I picked up a plastic drop cloth, to protect my balcony from drips and spatters and trust me I had tons of those! I also picked up a paintbrush and package of sandpaper. All these items cost $1.25 each.
I set up my little production area on my balcony, which was in full sun at that time of day, it helped the paint dry extra fast!
I wasn’t trying to make this super perfect paint job. I basically wanted to get a decent coat of each colour on opposite sides of the planks. I sanded them down after the paint had dried anyway, to give a more weathered appearance to the wood.
The paint samples had more than enough to do four 5 foot planks and I have some left over to use for touch-ups.
It really took minimal effort to get the planks painted, they dried very quickly in the sun and were ready to sand in short order.
I wrapped some sandpaper around a wooden block and gently sanded each painted side. The sandpaper helped rough up the paint job a bit and make the wood look more weathered, which is exactly the look I was going for.
I am really happy with my end results. I’m glad I decided to make food photography backgrounds myself. They’re large enough to make it a lot easier to shoot some nice pictures. That’s the plan anyway!
I love the colours and the textured look of the wood. I think it makes the images more visually appealing. Now I have two new backgrounds to shoot my food photography on. Score!
Why not give it a try? Make food photography backgrounds of your own! Use salvaged woods or other materials, grab some paint samples and a few other odds and ends at your local dollar store.
It takes minimal expense and time, the end results are pretty darn awesome I think!