24 August 2014

THE POWER OF PHOTO BACKGROUNDS




















Taking your photographs can be a pleasure or a task to bloggers , for me it's a pleasure but then I don't fully enjoy the writing part of blogging. I think there is so many amazing blogs out there that content is amazing and if you feel you don't live up to it then it can be hard to keep up with the standard. Photography in blogging is a major factor apart from your blog design it's the first thing that your readers will see and as hard as it sounds that first photo will be how they judge your blog and could be the make or break of a new follower. If your on a budget like me you may be thinking but I can't afford to make my photographs the standard I want them to be but you would be surprised what you can do with a simple background change that costs less than fiver!

1. Buy magazines and don't throw them out! I am a hoarder when it comes to magazines I can't bear to throw them out unless they were seriously cheap and don't have the best images in them. A magazine cover or page can change your image dramatically. If you are capturing a image of a product that is quite bright chose a black and white magazine and it will make the product pop. 

2. Don't freak out if you don't have a white background. I don't have a white background apart from my desk and it's not the best to take photographs on. Improvise and use things like wooden floors , different wood textures or colours and fabrics. 

3. Use different textures. The image I took for this post reflects this tip the best. I used three textures in this photo using a magazine and a piece of fabric which I think gives the image more character and also makes the products in focus pop. You could buy rugs or just use items of clothing which I tend to do as it is cheaper.

4. Lights. Fairy lights used in the background of an image can give it a dreamy , soft feel. Lights work well when a photos field of depth is low letting the lights be slightly out of focus but still letting there be a glow in the background. 

So now you have everything you need to create the perfect photo regardless of the camera you use or how much money you have and that it's not necessary to have that crisp white background that every blogger wants. I personally find it can be very generic and lacks personality. 

How do you make your photograph backgrounds better ?
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  1. I'm always trying to think of new backgrounds, because when they're always the same it can get a little dull. I sometimes use white paper/card to create the white illusion and it works really well. I also use an old bedspread from Ikea with a cute floral print on it too!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. i love using different fabrics especially a bed sheet also using white card is so clever

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  2. Great post, I use an old calendar that has lots of pictures of flowers and I also use wrapping paper. I've heard wallpaper samples make good backgrounds too!

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    1. I've heard of that too a calendar is a great way also reuses something that no longer has any worth

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  3. lovely post; I've just bought myself a new camera and so my motivation is currently very high on the blog photography front, just need to experiment with a few different effects and backgrounds and hopefully i'll be well on my way to pinterest-able photographs! thanks for leaving your link in tonights chat

    Heather, porcelainbeauty

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    1. your welcome i got a new lens at christmas and i was so excited about blogging too. Photography is what i love doing the best and i love when i can see a dramatic improvement in my photos

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  4. Thanks for leaving your link in the bloggers chat :) you have a beautiful blog! I love this post - and it's true that as much as the content should be the most important thing, first impressions do count for a lot and most of the time that comes in the form of photos. I try to make mine stand out by using something contrasting as a background like you've mentioned, either that or try to create a smooth white background and use that to make the product/item the only thing to really focus on :)

    Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend, I'm following and look forward to seeing more posts!
    Saida, http://saidacane.co.uk

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    1. using a contrasting background usually creates the best photos. A white background can work well when the product is really dramatic or colour flu. i m glad you like my blog and continue to enjoy it

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  5. I was just asking about backdrops and props to everyone out there. This will come in handy:) I use white-ish bristol paper for some backgrounds, magazines, sequins as props, handwritten notes, etc. but in the end I am always looking for more possibilities. Flowers look dreamy in out of focus beauty product photos but fresh flowers don't come cheap and I don't know how the fake ones would look in a photo. I will be trying textures soon, now that fall is on its way I think something fluffy would look nice! Thank you for this post:)

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    1. fluffy textures work really well especially if you are looking for field of depth. Trying all different things out is the best way to see what works best. I really do agree that flowers look really nice and i have seen loads of people using fake flowers and they work just as well try ikea for some great ones

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  6. This is a really interesting post.

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  7. I photograph in the backyard where the lawn is. the grass makes for a beautiful place to photograph :)

    Arianne | http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com

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  8. I actually hate a clear white background. I like some textures or magazines in the background way more. I also love taking pictures of products outside as that already gives the perfect lightning and often views can give the picture more depth. But I also had to learn those things slowly, so I think your post will be perfect for newbies who don´t know about this stuff!
    xx Lisa

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