Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Distressed Wood Backdrop




More and more bloggers are using a textured background to take their food or makeup product photographs, and the one that is mainly used is the lovely white wood background. Even if you aren't into shooting food, this backdrop is an essential to a keen photographer, and can make any still image better. I went with the majority and chose a white colour, but any colour would do!

I will link a few tutorials down here, as I won't go into massive detail on what I did, so you can have a go at home if you want to!

First of all I chose my piece of wood. Other instructions say to build your wood board from planks of wood, but there was a old wooden door that wouldn't burn on the bonfire that was the right size, so I used that one instead. Sand down the board (mine had paint on it, so I needed too) until you can see the wood. Stain it in a colour of your choice, I would go for a lighter stain to achieve the look of the above picture, and a darker stain to go darker (like the burnt part of my wood in the bottom-left corner of my photo). Leave the wood for a couple of hours to dry, then paint the wood in whatever colour you need. Don't be afraid to put lots of paint on, it won't make a difference. Now, you could leave it like this if you want, but I decided I wanted to distress mine, so I waited until the paint was dry, and sanded it down until I was happy. You could then varnish it, but I chose not too. If you do however, make sure to use one that isn't shiny, otherwise it will glare in your photos! This took me a day to do, and to allow all the paint to dry, I don't think you could do it any quicker, so that is something to bear in mind.

What do you think? Will you be trying this out?

10 comments:

  1. I'd definitely love to try this out, i think the way photos are taken makes such a big difference to my first impression of a blog.. this looks so authentic and professional! id love it if youd comment back http://www.amyelizabethfashion.com/2015/01/little-ways-to-deal-with-stress.html xx

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    1. Thank you! Let me know if you try it out! x

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  2. What a lovely idea! I might have to try this. I don't do makeup or food posts, but who knows, maybe I'll start or maybe I'll use it for other things. Certainly sounds like something I need to have though!

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    1. Thank you! They are good - and they definitely do come in handy! x

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  3. great idea! very creative and easy to do

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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  4. I love distressed wood, I'm a big fan of the whole shabby chic style. I've never even thought of making my own background to photograph on, thank you for the idea!!

    sheepishlyshameful.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous! I might definitely try this out when I get a chance because I'm trying to stay away from a plain white background. Love your pictures as always :)

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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    1. Let me know if you do! Thank you x

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