Weathered Wood Backdrop for Better Photos

Improve your product photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdropWhen I am browsing other indie shops and craft blogs, I get so jealous when I see photos with lovely weathered wood backdrops. They make me think of the beach, enjoying an evening out on the deck with friends or lovely gardens growing up against an old fence.

Weathered wood backdrops add a nice texture to product pictures without being a distraction.
Unfortunately, we live in the desert and there is no weathered wood in sight. Think stucco, cement and cinder blocks.

I toyed with the idea of building some sort of wooden backdrop, but it just wasn't a practical solution for me.

Then, one day as I was wandering the aisles of JoAnn Fabrics, I found a roll of fadeless, weathered wood paper.

I bought the paper and a science fair display board and hurried home.
I measured out a length of paper with some "help" from my little furry friend. I don't understand her fascination with paper.
I used my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Runner (love this stuff!) to stick the paper to the board.

In less than 5 minutes, and under $15,  I was ready to take some sample shots.
Here's my set up. It's nothing fancy.

Improve your product photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdrop

But look at the difference in these two photos. I would much rather have the bag on the right.

Improve your product photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdrop

If I am photographing larger items, like purses, I can stand the board upright, slide on the hook I made with some heavy copper wire, and I'm ready to go.

Improve your blog photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdrop

You can hardly tell that this isn't an actual fence in the background.

Improve your product photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdrop

What do you use as a background in your product pictures?



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The Chilly Dog: Weathered Wood Backdrop for Better Photos
Weathered Wood Backdrop for Better Photos
DIY a simple photo backdrop with weathered wood paper.
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