I was wondering if anyone could please help suggest where I could purchase a good quality large black/white fabric for my backdrops. I make a lot of beautiful cakes and would love to take pictures of it with a nice clean background.
Or if anyone has any other suggestions for a nice backdrop please let me know! I tried doing the foam core tri boards but it just didn't work for me.
I appreciate any help. Thank you!
I would suggest heading to JoAnn's and picking up a nice off-white (or cream) piece of linen. A linen tablecloth will also work. It will have a little bit of texture, there will be a little bit of contrast if you're shooting a white cake. I would also suggest trying to find a square of weathered wood. Between that and the linen you can have a good-looking base or tabletop (the wood) and a good looking wall (the cloth) to create a 90 degree angle so you can shoot straight from the side. And you can swap them up if you like (wood "wall," linen tabletop).
For the wood, we have a recycle yard in my town for construction and yard materials. I was able to pick up a 3x3 piece of old weathered fence. It's one of my favorite background. If you scroll down my instafeed it's behind the one with the eggs, the carrot/asparagus salad and the noodles . But if you have any place around that has reclaimed construction materials that's a good place to look.
I do food photography on the side so I'm kind of passionate about this sort of thing. :)
Thank you so much for your helpful advice! Unfortunately we don't have a Joanne's here. I was thinking about buying from their online store but I'm just worried about not being able see what it looks like beforehand and then having the trouble of returning.
I really like your pictures! Hopefully I'll luck out and find some nice wood like you!:) @wntr
I use white and black foam core board pieces tapped together. Super cheap and effective. Walmart also sells fabric; about 3.99/yd and up . I was able to go pick up 1/2 yards of fabrics that I liked to put over my boards and paid about 10 bucks for 7 prints and solids.
Hi dream_cakes15, Since I do not know where you live, I will not use store names, but anyone that sells fabric by the yard will probably have something suitable for a backdrop. And, as wntrdove said, table clothes make fine back drops and are large enough to cover your base, as well as the wall behind the cake.
Go to most any office supplies or craft store and buy a tri-fold presentation board. Like this one : https://www.staplesadvantage.com/shop/StplShowItem?catalogId=4&item_id=104829934&langId=-1¤tSKUNbr=PAC3862&storeId=10101&itemType=2&addWE1ToCart=true&documentID=8ab58220233147d963f67e50e73c962453db2c76
Since they fold up, they are easy to store, and don't wrinkle like fabric. They also come in more colors than just black and white. Generally less than $20.
Hi guys! Im sorry for the late response. For some reason I wasn't able to get through to my account. Every now and then I have issues with with trying to login:(
Well I guess I'm just gonna have to give the tri fold board another try since everyone says it's what works best for them, and I see how nice it looks in everyone's pics:) Every time I tried it, I would get lots of shadows even when I place the board in the window of my home where I have the best natural lighting, and would have to photoshop it out (which would be a pain).
Thank you all so very much for your help I really appreciate it!!!<3
I suspect the issue is placing your backdrop in the window. Try placing it across the room to decrease shadows.
Ahh got it!!! Gonna give it a try right now! Thank you so much!!! @leah_