If you love the look of dark food photography, and have been wanting to make a backdrop for your shots, my tutorial on DIY Oxidizing Metallic Backboards will show you how to create totally gorgeous, totally unique options.
If, however, you don't have time to paint a batch, here's how to create a rustic-look backdrop in less than 20 minutes, for less than $20.
- 2 rolls DC Fix Agate Adhesive Film
- 2'x4' Plywood Panel (I get mine in the Home Depot lumber section for $6, but you can ship in smaller sheets that will suffice from Amazon, if you'd prefer an online option).
Unroll the Agate Adhesive Film, pressing it firmly onto your plywood panel in three long strips that run across the board from short side to short side. NOTE: I used to create these backdrops by sticking the adhesive film vertically lengthwise, but there was always a nasty seam straight across the center of my photos. I've found it to be a much more natural look in my shots when the film is run side-to-side shortwise.
THE FINAL RESULTS
Tried This Technique?
I'd love to see your shots! Upload a pic to Instagram #cheekykitchen #foodphotography & show me how this backdrop works for you!
Got a Food Photography Question?
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