When it comes to blog and food photography trends, I’m a little behind the times. You have probably noticed the teal, white or brown rustic wood backgrounds we bloggers are using for food photography backgrounds. You probably know that Google Reader, a resource for following the blogs you love, is going caput in July. The purpose of this post is to show you a simple DIY photography board tutorial for using as photo backgrounds and introduce you to my new blog feed through Bloglovin’.
In case you aren’t familiar with Bloglovin’, here’s how it works: You go to the site, sign up using your email address or Facebook account. You then add the icon that looks like a white plus sign with light blue background to your toolbar (similar to the “pin it” option you add for using pinterest), which allows you easy access to your Bloglovin’ account.
This way, you can click on the icon on your toolbar and track what your favorite bloggers are doing on their blog and through their social media. I encourage you to follow me. You can either click on the link that reads, “Follow my blog with Bloglovin’” or click on my cute orange eggplant icon on my sidebar. See?
Setting it all up is easy and it’s truly worth the 3 minutes it takes to complete the process. Once you’re finished, Bloglovin’ is like a newsfeed for all the blogs you enjoy visiting so that you don’t have to type in each and every blog URL or go to each and every social media site. It’s all in one place. Boom. Blog Stalking!
Now for a DIY Photography Board lesson:
One of my favorite things to do is hop on pinterest and see how other people style food. It’s no mystery that rustic, moody photos are in-style and while I LOVE looking at these photos, this type of photography isn’t exactly “me.” Herein lies my issue: one of my goals for my cookbook is to have a great deal of variation in my photographs. Since I own one dining room table, one coffee table, and one cutting board, I decided to make some photography boards in order to boost the variety.
Here’s how I did it:
- I collected wood that was literally sitting outside my boyfriend’s brother’s house. They are old 2 x 4s which were already cracked and mossy, making them extra crappy and rustic. SCORE! I took 7 of them and each one was about 9’ long. Note: you can also purchase 2” x 4”s but I pretty much guarantee you can find wood laying around…talk to your friends and family. If you know someone who works a job that requires a lot or shipping, old pallets will work too!!
- I used a skill saw to cut the boards into 3-foot lengths.
- I went to Lowe’s and bought Valspar paint samples. I purchased colors that were already out on display but note that you can request any color from the gentleperson behind the paint counter. They will mix up any color you’d like. These samples cost $2.98 each and I purchased three initially and then went back for a fourth color.
- I also purchased a cheapo paintbrush for $1.87 or something ridiculous. You can also buy a foam brush, which is also stupid cheap.
- I took my supplies home, laid my boards out in the sun and got sloppy with them. I dipped the paintbrush in one color and painted a long line along the full length of the board. I repeated this until I felt I had enough paint. For me, less is better…the less paint, the more old and rustic the wood turns out. You will not come even close to using a full sample, so you will have leftover paint for other projects. I find 4 to 5 of the 3’ boards is plenty space for snapping food photos on.
You can paint on both sides of each board, maximizing the use of your wood. I did this with 4 colors, so 8 boards was all I needed.
And that’s it! The boards took about 5 minutes to dry completely, so from start to finish, the money and time investment was minimal.
Note: You can purchase wood glue to seal your boards together to make a plank, but I have left mine loose.
TOTAL COST OF DIY PHOTOGRAPHY BOARDS:
1 Paintbrush @ $1.87 + 4 Valspar Paint Samles @ $2.98 each = $13.97.
You can get creative with the type of wood, color of paint and technique you use. Whatever you end up doing, stay true to your style!
No sanding, no primer-ing, no maintenance. No time at all!