I don’t think this project could be more fitting for my blog. I’ve been thinking for a while that I needed to move up in the world and start using more props and professional looking backgrounds in my photos. In the last year or two I really put in some effort to learn how to take better photographs. While I love art, I have never been good a getting quality photos, but I think I have learned a great deal and have really improved my skills quite a bit. The photo below is a perfect example of this.
The recipe above is South West Meatballs Skillet.
I owe much of this improvement to the Tasty Food Photography ebook from Pinch of Yum. If food photography or photography in general is something you are interested in I definitely suggest you check this book out. It has so much useful information that applies to a wide range of photography, not just food (think jewelry, paper products and other inanimate objects).
I got everything I needed at the local hardware store for about $3o. I used **pieces of #”x2’ craft wood and 2 pieces of 2.5”x2’ craft wood (1/4” thick wood), and wood glue to build the boards. Then I bought a stain sample and some white paint to give them some color.
Here’s what I did
1) First I laid out half the wood to make a square that was roughly 2’ in length.
2) Then I used the remaining boards in the opposite direction to create another board.
3) I glued them all in place with the wood glue. A quarter sized drop of glue where each board touches should be enough.
4)Let it dry overnight with a couple crates of books on top of it. The weight helps press the wood together while it dries.
5) The next day I spray painted one side white, and let it dry. It was a super hot and sunny day so it was dry in less than 30 minutes.
6) After testing the white paint and determining that it was dry I stained the other side using the directions on the can.
Voila a homemade wood photo backdrop.
Over all I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. This was a pretty easy project that I hope will be another step toward improved photography for me.
Now that I’m gearing up for project number 5 I am only getting more excited for this whole thing. I love pushing my limits and committing to doing one unique project a month. I am so happy I started this challenge.
Are you working on any projects that you are excited about? Do you have any unique projects that don’t use the materials I have already used? Please tell me about it all. I want to read all the crafty things!