Finding the right backdrop/background for your pictures can be a bit of a challenge. Using the same one repeatedly also gets boring. While blog hopping and pinning I’ve drooled over not only the subject, but the props and backdrops as well. One of my biggest challenges has been finding backdrops for my dessert tables, especially when I’m setting up downstairs. The lighting in my basement isn’t the best and I’m still learning to use my new camera plus my umbrella lights. Oh the life of a blogger!
We have black curtains dividing the fitness area of our basement from the main part where we usually have family dinners. This main area is also where I set up my work area and take pictures. The curtains really provide a nice backdrop, but some pictures require more pop and less drama.
Speaking of curtains. The purple and white backdrop here is a sheer panel that cost less than $7.00. It can also double as an overlay for your table. More bang for your bucks!
While searching the internet last winter I came across some vinyl backdrops. Some were priced pretty high and others very reasonable. Naturally I went with the reasonable one and was not disappointed when my $15.00 brick/wood vinyl backdrop arrived. During that same time period my daughter gave me two portable garment racks. I keep one upstairs and one in the basement. They are just the right hangers for backdrops. I use small plastic clamps to secure the backdrop over the garment rack.
With the idea of draping something over the garment rack In addition to the vinyl I’ve used fabric and bed sheets. Rolls of paper can also be used. For the picture below I taped kraft paper to the wall behind the table. Not the best application but at the time it worked.
Speaking of paper; foam core boards can be used singly or taped together and covered with wrapping paper or even spray painted. Talk about endless possibilities to customize your backdrops! So far I’ve only used two boards taped together to make one longer one. A three board assembly would be the ideal size for spanning the six foot banquet table that I like to set up. Here are a few individual settings that I put together using the boards with wrapping paper. The blue flowered paper is very thing and I didn’t want to tear it by taking it off so I overwrapped it with the silver glitter paper. For these two settings I am also using small fabric remnants. One as a placemat and the other as a napkin.
At roughly $3.00 a pop foam core boards are a great buy. Target’s dollar bin always has a variety of paper as does the dollar bin at Michaels. Think of the fun you can have customizing holiday and theme backdrops with wrapping paper. The other really cool thing is that these boards don’t take up lots of room so it’s pretty easy to store.
There’s a cloth backdrop used on the garment rack that I will share with you soon. Have you tried foam boards yet and what are your favorite things to use as backdrops?
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