Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Easy Photo Background Ideas

Marble has taken over the blogging world by storm. It's everywhere, and I cannot deny it I am absolutely in love with the trend. I don't care if that's cliché at all, I think marble is so pretty and whoever thought of using it as a photo background is an absolute genius. I recently bought a marble background, and I'm forever getting questions about where I bought it, so I thought I'd do a post on it. 

I bought my marble background on eBay. It's actually an adhesive sticky back plastic thing, which I have stuck to the glass top of my Ikea Malm Desk. I know others have stuck it to other items such as canvases, just make sure it's something hard and smooth that wont bend at all or it will get ruined. You can buy the marble background here, it's only around £5. I found sticking it down the most tedious thing in the world as there were so many air bubbles, but you don't actually need to stick it to anything. I used it for months by just unrolling it onto a flat surface every time I wanted to take photos. 

I recently took a trip to B&Q and picked up a few more backgrounds, which I thought I would include in this post too as I'll be trialling them out very soon. After doing some research, I found that floor and wallpaper samples actually make very good blog photo backgrounds. You can usually pick them up for free in stores like B&Q or if they're not free, they're quite cheap to buy. My favourite out of the ones I picked up recently is this Whitewash Oak Effect floor sample, which cost me £2 from B&Q, you can find it here. There is a massive variety of samples on offer, I have a few lovely wood effect wallpaper samples. My best advice is to take a trip to B&Q and take as many samples as you like, and then experiment with them when you get home. Pick up a variety of different things, some will work perfectly as blog backgrounds and some won't work at all. 

If you don't want to spend on blog photo backgrounds, the best way to get the nicest backgrounds is to make them yourself. All you need is a printer with plenty of ink and high quality images. You can find so many unique backgrounds if you're not into the whole blogger cliché backgrounds. The thing I found best about printing my own backgrounds was that if they got ruined I could easily just print another one, and I didn't need to wait for something in the post if I wanted something new I could just find something online and print it.

After playing around with a few other backgrounds today whilst I was taking my blog photos, I've realised clothes actually make good photo backgrounds. You can use a variety of colours and textures to achieve the look you want. I find lighter clothes such as whites and greys easier to shoot on and use them more for adding texture, but go wild!  Pretty bedding, pillowcases and other materials like that are great as well.

Notebooks are useful to add something to a photo if you think it's looking a little sparse. I buy a lot of notebooks and justify it with the fact that they'll look good in blog photos. No shame. Postcards and A5 photos or prints with motivational quotes on are also very aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Although I like to use a perfect background for my photos, I've started to notice that using props in photos makes for a better photo. I've recently been collecting a lot that I can't wait to start using in my photos. Adding props adds a simple touch that can completely change a photo. The end of this post hinted at a few photo props, but once I've found my feet with what works and what doesn't there will be a whole post dedicated to them. Upping my photography game is something I really want to do in 2016, and changing the set up of my photos is just the start. I spend the majority of my time lusting over other blogger's photos, and I'm always reading up on photography tips.

Who are your favourite bloggers for their photography? 

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