Food Styling On Your Backdrops

Setting up your backdrop for a table is as simple as laying it flat on a sturdy, level surface.

You can hang your color backdrop for photography behind the set to make it a wall using masking tape.

Good backdrops were designed with food styling in mind and small product photography.

You can easily shoot small items without sacrificing print quality.

There are some things you should consider when using printed backgrounds, regardless of whether you use continuous artificial flash or natural light.

Like any flat, smooth surface, there is a certain amount of glare when viewed from certain angles or under strong lighting.

These highlights can be dramatic and part of your aesthetic (like the cocktail shot above), but you might want to manage them.

The darker prints that have the most ink will reflect more light than the lighter prints that have a lot of matt underneath.

You can soften any light source by utilizing a diffuser, tracing/baking paper, or thin white cloth (like cheesecloth and bed linen). This will soften the shadows and highlights.

Although the image is still bright, the shadows in the image are soft and not sharp. This is a creative choice, but it will make it more difficult to control reflections.

It made everything darker, but it helped to keep the light consistent across the surface. The detail in the background on the right-hand side was also improved.