Food Photography: Backdrops

I have these huge pieces of painted placard that I’ve been using for backdrops.  They weigh a ton and I had been hauling them upstairs, downstairs, outside and back inside. In addition, if I wasn’t shooting towards a wall that I could prop them against, I had to haul my kitchenaid to the shooting site because it was the only thing heavy enough to hold them up.  You can imagine how relieved and happy I was when Roger Stowell showed me that all I needed was several pieces, 35 cm x 25cm,  of free standing butcher’s block,  each side painted in colors of my choice.

Well, boy howdy, try to find some butcher’s block in the French countryside!  Really, it’s a nightmare!  I visited several handyman and construction stores where the clerks looked at me as if I had asked for blood diamonds or had escaped from a mental institution. They were not helpful.

So I decided to help myself; if I couldn’t find butcher’s block, I would substitute heavy, free standing plank wood and have them cut it into pieces.  Problem was, none of the planks I saw could stand on their own.  I really miss my husband, this kind of thing is not in my area of expertise.  Long story short.   I found a corner shelf that was approximately the correct dimensions.

And it can stand up on it’s own.

You can also drape it with a piece of cloth to change the background.

But the most amazing thing about this shelf is that it can hold up the huge placard pieces.

I am so amused.

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An American living in Burgundy, France
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6 Responses to Food Photography: Backdrops

  1. You learned so much. This is great!

  2. Andrea says:

    THis is so totally fabulous! I would comment more but I am off to find a corner shelf!

  3. Ricardo says:

    Awesome DIY work.!!

  4. Kay Ecker says:

    Great that you came up with this! It’s the small things in life that makes us happy:-)

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