Backdrop Ideas for Blog Photography

For me, and for a lot of other lifestyle/beauty/food bloggers, blog photography is a really important part of each blog post.

They summarise the post’s theme and content to your readers, whether that’s an item, a mood, plans or ideas and they break up the content to make larger posts look less wordy. Good photographs also catch the reader’s attention and are more likely to attract new readers to your blog (and hey, who doesn’t want that?). Frankly, they’re quite important if you’re interested in growing your blog.

Using natural light is the most widely shared blog photography tip, and rightly so. Natural light does wonders. However, choosing the right backdrop is just as important when you’re looking to create simple photographs that are more likely to pop.

If you’re lucky enough to have beautiful marble counters in your naturally lit kitchen, then I envy you so much and we need to be friends. If not, you might want an alternative. A cheap, easy to store but just as brilliant looking alternative.

Maybe you should give marble style self-adhesive backing a go:

Using DIY Backdrops in Blog Photography

A couple of my mandalas on the green marble backdrop.

Nope, this isn’t my gorgeous new kitchen counter. It’s actually a marble-designed adhesive bit of plastic, sprawled across my coffee table.

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The only significant amount of natural light in my flat is in the living room, but there are no attractive looking surfaces in that room! I have a black coffee table, which isn’t exactly the most cheery of backdrops to have in photographs. I needed a quick fix…

When photographing bath bombs for future reviews last week, I turned to my crafts box and picked up some coloured crafting fabrics, thinking “why not use these?” I loved the idea so much that I ended up going on a blog-photo-backdrop-rummage, finding pretty bits of card, attractively designed wrapping paper and, eventually, a roll of self-adhesive green marble. Mine was from the DIY section in Wilkos, which you can find on their website here.

The other backdrops look pretty good too:

Using DIY Backdrops in Blog Photography

Fabrics used for crafting, re-purposed for blog photograph backdrops.

Using DIY Backdrops in Blog Photography

Contrasting colours of Pokémon cards and a blue fabric backdrop.

Using DIY Backdrops in Blog Photography

A selection of games on a polka dot wrapping paper I got from Home Bargains.

SO COLOURFUL

I guess if you’re into the simplicity of white backgrounds and marble designs, the colourful fabrics and wrapping papers may not be your cup of tea. However, it goes to show that a lot of items we all have lying around the house could be contenders for an appearance in your next blog post.

The marble backdrop set me back £4 at Wilkos. The wrapping paper was £1 from Home Bargains. The fabric backdrops also cost me £1 for the whole set at The Works. Bargains, and now I’ve got lots to choose from when taking blog photos in the future!

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What do you think?

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-Morgan

Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills.

18 thoughts on “Backdrop Ideas for Blog Photography

  1. I definitely like the idea of making do with what you can easily manage (very important tip for many of us — do more with less!) There are also more choices/creative possibilities when designing your own backgrounds/photo ops. I’m nowhere near so crafts-oriented, but I think many will find the idea a good one, or a good jumping off point for making their own/more original designs.

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  2. First, I love, love the look of your blog and the tagline girly, techie…
    Second, the information about backdrops was really helpful.
    I am new at this and so am learning something everyday. (At least I hope so!)
    I’ll be back!!

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    • Hi! Thank you 🙂 That’s actually the first compliment I’ve had on my tagline so I’m really pleased you like it.
      I’m also so glad you found this post useful. Some people think it’s difficult and expensive to buy or make photograph backdrops. I just wanted to show them it’s not :).

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  3. We are lucky – we have a wooden table in our lounge, but it’s at the darker end of the room. I always find taking close-ups, with depth of field making the background blurry works too. It really depends on the subject matter though (disclaimer – I did photography at college)

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    • Ooo, I was contemplating getting a wood adhesive vinyl because I do love the appearance.
      I kind of agree – but, if it’s a dark room anyway, and you’re trying to display a book or a piece of art, altering the depth of field isn’t going to lighten the image enough to make a difference like natural light would. (Ah cool! Disclaimer – me too).

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