The other day, I was on a blogger forum where some lovely ladies were discussing how to get really good backdrops for photos, and I thought: “why not make a post about inexpensive DIY ways to get amazing photos for your blog (slash Instagram pics if you’re not a blogger)!?” So here it is: 3 DIY photography backdrops for bloggers. You’re not always in a position where you have a fabulous glam natural backdrop to work with, and sometimes you’ve just gotta improvise! No need to rent out a space or spend money on expensive backdrop equipment- these 3 DIY backdrops will cost you literal dollars to make, and are extremely effective!
1. The All White Backdrop
One of the most common blogger/photography backdrops: the all white errything. We’re not always as lucky to have an apartment with stark white walls, or even if we do it may not have fabulous lighting. Since natural lighting is the best for photos, make that work for you with a mobile photography studio. This can be done with simply two white foam boards ($1 each from the Dollar Store) and a little bit of hot glue to hold the boards together forming a 90 degree angle so that you have both a base and a backdrop for your photos. This set up works wonderfully with bright colored objects being photographed.
2. The Wood/Marble Backdrop
The most popular when photographing food items, wood and marble backdrops photograph wonderfully. Not everyone has a wood table or marble counter top to take photos on, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create one! I use both this marble oversized cutting board, and wood cheese board to take my food prep photos on. The best part is, since they’re not glued on to anything in my house, I can take them outside where the best lighting is. If you’d rather not invest in a marble or wood board, then you can actually make one yourself for only $2! The Dollar Store sells both marble vinyl wrap and wood vinyl wrap that will easily adhere to your foam board to create a simple, inexpensive, and lightweight backdrop!
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3. The Patterned Backdrop
For photos that have a simple object in focus that you want to jazz up a little, try a patterned backdrop! We love fun patterns and bright colors, and it’s always great to play around and mix and match! You can use a roll of wrapping paper, craft paper, tissue paper, wall paper, or anything you find that suits you, and use spray adhesive to glue it on to your foam board for an instant patterned backdrop that can be taken to wherever the best lighting leads you!
One of the best things is that all of your photography boards can be customized and saved to reuse for future shoots, leaving you with a collection of colored, textured, and patterned boards to use as backdrops for your photos. We hope this helps you in making your photography days just a little easier (and cheaper), and helps improve your blog photos (or just really step up your Insta game).