My Favorite Inexpensive Photo Backgrounds
I really only started caring about my photography last October. Since then, my Instagram following has increased from the 600s to almost 5000 followers. I’ve been able to present more professional images on this blog which in turn has increased the amount of interest I’ve gotten from readers and brands. I wanted to give you a look behind the scenes at some of my staples.
Today’s post is about all of the props I use as backgrounds in my photos. Many backgrounds are actually free or extremely inexpensive if you just keep your eyes open and think outside the box!
From least to most expensive, here are my favorite inexpensive photo backgrounds.
1. Sheets – free! (assuming you have sheets on your bed 🙂 )
Many time when I take pictures of clothes, I like the soft look of my comforter as a background. You can also use sheets in different colors to help achieve varying shots.
2. Walls – (free!)
So many of my food pictures use the surroundings as a background. Look for a unique or brightly colored wall to use in your shot. If you like a clean, bright picture, see if they have any white tables. Sometimes if the lighting is too dark or there isn’t a good setting inside, I’ll walk my food outside and take a picture of it in better lighting!
3. Pizza Box – (free ~ $20)
This is by far one of my favorite backgrounds. Depending on how expensive your pizza is, this background can be super cheap to work with. You could even stop into a local shop and simply ask for a box, which many places won’t have a problem with.
I use my pizza box for larger overhead shots such as the one below.
4. Vinyl Tiles – (less than $1)
Stop by your local hardware store (I got these at Home Depot and Menards) and pick up some vinyl floor tiles. These cost me less than $1 a piece and the white one was only $0.49!
5. Stone Sample – ($4-$10)
Depending on which style you choose, you can get a stone sample at Home Depot or other hardware store for anywhere from $4-$10. This marble square cost me $4.86 and has been the backdrop of a lot of my photos recently. It’s definitely heavier than the other options, but the photos come out looking great!
6. Vinyl Backdrops 3×2 ft. – ($19.99 + S&H)
If you are looking for high quality, portable backdrops, vinyl is the way to go. I got these two from Ink and Elm and you can easily roll them up to store or transport!
Remember – backgrounds are great, but if you really want to make your photos pop and look professional, you need to edit them. I take all of my pictures on my phone and use VSCO Cam to edit them before posting them on the blog or social media.
For more info on editing your photos with VSCO, check out this super helpful tutorial by BGB Community that I wish I had when trying to figure out the app!
- What do you use as your backgrounds?
- Do you edit your pictures? What software do you use?