How Do You Do Your Backdrops For Your Photos?

Decorating By Periperi Updated 25 Aug 2011 , 8:17am by Relznik

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Periperi Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 10:54pm
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I'm just a hobby baker who makes cakes for family and friends. Since I can't legally sell my cakes, I haven't really gotten too serious about the quality of photos I've been taking. I would like to get a job in the cake industry some day and was thinking it would be a good idea to have some sort of portfolio of the work I've done. So far all my pictures are of my cakes sitting on my kitchen table. I think the curtains and the wood table take away from the cakes and "cheapen" them. How do you hang your background and what do you use? I want my photos to look more professional and would appreciate any advice you might have. Thank you!!

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kaat Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:10pm
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I've used wrapping paper, curtains, scrap material and dollar store table cloths. I also purchased the white tri-fold poster board (from staples). That works really well. Make sure your area is well lit and your background is not shiny.
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Relznik Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:11pm
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I do mine with a piece of black fabric on a clothes drier and a coffee table!! .... like this

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cabecakes Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:16pm
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I'm just a hobby baker, so I don't really worry too much about the photos. I have, however, read that some will use scrapbooking paper for smaller items like cookies, cake balls, cupcakes, etc. I have also read about using fancy sheets (silks, satins), but you can also use curtain shears, tole, fabric. You could use a large piece of cardboard painted white, black, gray etc. You could use a large piece of gift wrap. Anything that provides a nice backdrop to your picture. You can even use a nature background. I've seen this done with outdoorsy type cakes.

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PDXSweetTreats Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:17pm
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Periperi -- I thought I'd saved something regarding cake photography from here at CC, but can't locate it just yet.

In the interim, here are a couple of links with excellent suggestions:

1. http://jessicakesblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-photo-booth.html

2. http://www.weddingcakesacrossamerica.com/WCAATips_CakePhotography.cfm

3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kim_thibodeaux/3048831377/

Hope some of those provide insight for you. : )

Take care, PDX

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cownsj Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:24pm
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I use the typical tri-fold display board students use to display projects. I set that up, then I drape fabric over the board and onto the table in a color that works with the given cake design. I buy fabric that doesn't wrinkle easy, and is nonreflective (for the flash). Then I put the cake on a turntable and onto the fabric and start taking photos. I can easily turn the cake this way and get all angles of it.

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Periperi Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:48pm
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Thank you, everyone! Your info and tips have definitely been a big help. I'll be going to JoAnn's soon to get some fabric. Hurray for better cake pics! icon_smile.gif

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SweetSuzieQ Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:56pm
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I like tissue paper because it gives some texture. I have a big old rubbermaid clothes bin filled with all different colors.

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SweetSuzieQ Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:57pm
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I like tissue paper because it gives some texture. I have a big old rubbermaid clothes bin filled with all different colors.

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Michelle84 Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 3:04am
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I do mine with a piece of black fabric on a clothes drier and a coffee table!! .... like this

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Love it! I'll have to try this next time I have a cake to photograph icon_smile.gif

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gidgetdoescakes Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 3:29am
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I use a tri f0old cardboard like the kids use for projects in school...I use black and it fits nicely around the cake and snapsnap icon_smile.gif

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dchockeyguy Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 1:45pm
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Like Relznik, I bought some black fabric to use. IT's terrible on black cakes though, as an FYI, so if you do many of those (Thankfully, I have only done two), you might want a second color. I think I got a microfiber one to use. It works very well.

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deah Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 2:22pm
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I have a collection of spare items - navy sheet, tan sheet, gold tablecloth, white tablecloth and black cloth left over from a project. I use my dining room table and clothespin the fabric to my chandelier.

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thecakeprincess Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 2:28pm
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I too use a trifold with black fabric draped over it.

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Lemmers Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 2:37pm
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I'm in a similar position as you, and was fed up of cheap looking cakes because of cheap looking photos, so I made myself a light box and this morning I took a photo of my apple streusel cupcakes with a yellow pillowcase taped to the top corner of the box, draping down under the plate!

http://www.studiolighting.net/homemade-light-box-for-product-photography/

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2135842

*edited to include the link to the resulting photo*

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tmgarcia_98 Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 2:56pm
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All really great ideas. When I have time, I usually will set up a black sheet and photograph in front of that. (I tried the light box thing, but my daughter smushed it)

The cakes I made before I bought the sheet and the ones that I don't have time to pull out the sheet and set it up, I edit out the background on Paint Shop Pro. It is really simple if you have some sort of photo editing program. I zoom in really close and use the paintbrush tool to paint black over the background. Most of the pics in my gallery are done this way.

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Sara_Bee Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 12:32am
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I just use two pieces of foamcore. I have white, pink, and blue with plans to add green and yellow too. I just put one on the table and one behind the cake and start shooting. I make sure to use all-natural light and I'm mindful of the time of day. Early morning and late afternoon are when I get the best light. You can see what my set-up looks like on my site--

http://totallysweetcakes.com

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Periperi Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 12:40am
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Wow! Such great info, thanks so much everyone! I went to the store today and got a few colors of backdrops. Can't wait to start taking better photos. ¢¾¢¾¢¾

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tokazodo Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 12:46am
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I do mine with a piece of black fabric on a clothes drier and a coffee table!! .... like this

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This is similar to how I set up my cake photos. I purchased some black remnant fabric at a discount store. I prop up a piece of cardboard and drape the fabric over it. I always, always, always, try to take the photo near a window for natural lighting on a sunny day. I also take a ton of digital photos to find the perfect 'one'.
Recently I have learned that simply cropping the picture can make a big difference.

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Relznik Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 8:17am
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I also take a ton of digital photos to find the perfect 'one'.



Oh yes, I take lots and lots and lots.... then as I'm viewing them, one will jump out at me!!

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