Even if you don’t have a rustic textured table in your home for your food and craft photos or a professional photostudio for your fashion shoots, you can take professional looking pictures with these 25+ easy and cheap backdrop ideas for blog photography.
Some great DIY photo backdrops might be already lying around in your house. In this post I’ll show you what I use as backdrops for my blog photos. Some of the ideas are for DIY indoor backdrops and some are natural outdoor backdrops.
I usually take photos outside or near a window facing south. And I use Lightroom to edit the photos.
For the strawberries I used a pink polka dot dress as background!
Here’s the photo of the strawberries after editing it in lightroom.
I use a large sheet of white paper to bounce off light. Look what a difference a reflector makes! Both photos are unedited.
And a behind-the-scenes photo: my photo assistant! 😉
25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography
Pillowcases, Scarfs, Fabric, Lace etc.
And the same turquoise fabric again as backdrop for the vegan Easter eggs.
Lace doilies add such a romantic touch to photos.
I used the lace doily again on top of a mint green rayon scarf as backdrop for my DIY natural rose petal blush.
And the mint green scarf again together with my DIY print kameez as backdrop for the naturally colored speckled blue robin egg truffles.
You can also use curtains, tablecloths, towels, carpets, blankets etc.
My Edwardian Valenciennes lace chemise with lace curtains as backdrop.
And the same lace curtains again as background for the DIY espadrilles.
I often use a large piece of drawing paper as backdrop for my photos. But it isn’t perfect for food photography because it gets stained with food.
White Shelf Board & Plywood Sheets
White shelf boards are an alternative to white paper. They’re heavy but wipeable: so they’re better suited for food photography.
Stone Floors & Floor Tiles
Another backdrop you often see in my pictures is our grey granite stone floor. If you don’t have a suitable stone floor, you can also use stone or ceramic tiles.
The grey color was perfect as backdrop for the silver dog collar.
Large River Rocks
Large river rocks or beach stones are an interesting background for jewelry.
Wooden Cutting Boards
Natural Coasters, Placemats & Baskets
Natural coasters, basket and woven grass placemats are a great and cheap backdrop.
Paper Grocery Bags & Brown Packing Paper
Crumpled paper is an unusual backdrop!
I have an old chair which my grandfather used for painting walls etc. It’s such a great backdrop!
Old Baking Sheets
Old baking sheets are one of my favorite backdrops for blog photography! They add so much rustic texture to photos! I used an old baking sheet from my grandmother as backdrop for the silver wire hoop earrings.
Baking sheets are wipeable so they’re great for food photography! The baking sheet again as backdrop for the chocolate-glazed almond horns.
The bottom of the baking sheet looks different: I used it as backdrop for the 1910s mock cream pie.
And a behind-the-scenes photo of the rose petal buttercream.
Cast Iron Stove & Cast Iron Skillets
Cast iron has such a rustic texture. Here I used the bottom af a cast iron skillet as backdrop for my fleur de lis earrings.
And the cast iron skillet again as backdrop for green and gold earrings.
Tinware & Galvanized Metal
Galvanized metal is an interesting backdrop for jewelry, especially silver jewelry.
I love rustic backdrops!
Indian earrings with a copper sheet as backdrop.
I used a large white plate – a pizza plate – as backdrop for the naturally colored sugar hearts.
You often see our blue kitchen countertop in my photos because I’m too impatient to carry the food to another room to take photos. It’s not perfect – our kitchen is also too dark to take good photos – but for some things it works.
Here you also see the large white plate again.
Rained on surfaces have an interesting texture. I took the angel food cake photos while it was raining! 😉 If it isn’t raining, you can also spray the surface with water.
For sewing tutorial I sometimes use my treadle sewing machine as backdrop.
Walls, Window & Curtains
Walls would work as backdrop – but I could find not one free wall in our home! Except a little piece of wall between a dresser and a bookshelf.
Bloggers often use the light flowing through sheer curtains as backdrop. I love this backdrop: It makes light and airy photos. I used it for my lace T-shirt refashion. That day was a dark and cloudy day – difficult to take good photos.
And again for my jersey knit underskirt.
Grass is a great natural backdrop!
I use it often for fashion photos.
Grass and flowers as backdrop for my 1920s beaded silk blouse.
The grass really brings out the color of my 1920s sequin dress.
Grass is especially pretty in May and June.
Snow: it’s not always available but it’s also a great backdrop.
I used a snow backdrop again for my DIY ice luminaries.
Water is such a beautiful backdrop!
Or maybe it’s not really a backdrop when my feets are in the water! 😉
And water again – can you tell I just love water! 😀
And a river as backdrop for my refashioned dress.
Flowers and roses are such a romantic backdrop.
Gravel, Pebbles & Rocks
Blue sky is another natural backdrop idea. The sky is usually more blue in summer, but here it’s a December sky as backdrop for my refashioned pink blouse.
And another blue sky backdrop for my Edwardian handkerchief camisole.