Food Photography for Smart Phones: 5 Everyday Background Props to Make Your Food Photos Pop

Food Photography for Smart Phones: 5 Everyday Background Props to Make Your Food Photos Pop

By using everyday items like an old cookie sheet, a cool wooden cutting board, or a cloth napkin, you can take your food photos from drab to delicious!

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  • By using everyday items like an old cookie sheet, a cool wooden cutting board, or a cloth napkin, you can take your food photos from drab to delicious!
  • Before you think about plates and bowls, give some thought to the background canvas for your food photos. Here are my Top 5 Favorite Background Props:
  • A WOODEN BOARD, BARN BOARD OR CUTTING BOARDHave you ever picked something out of your neighbor’s trash? I have, but in the case of this antique-looking barn board, I actually found it in my own trash. My husband had been doing some repairs on the outside of our house, and when I saw that he had tossed this in the trash, I grabbed it. I use it all the time and love how it showed off my recipe for Peanut Butter Crepes with Strawberry Sauce. As for barn board, it’s literally just that: off the side of an old barn!
  • Turn your food photos frm drab to delicious w/these everyday background prop ideas frm @lizweiss
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  • OLD COOKIE SHEETDon’t get rid of those weathered old cookie sheets, keep ’em around for grabbing eye-catching photos. For this Swiss Chard & Zucchini Quiche, I baked the quick on this cookie sheet, grabbed my smart phone, and took this shot. (Blog post coming soon!) Put a piece of parchment paper on that baking sheet, and now you get a whole new layered and interesting look.
  • FABRIC SAMPLES OR SCRAPS, OR LINENSEvery few months, I stop by a local fabric store called Joanne Fabrics and buy a bunch of quarter yard fabric samples. They cost about two dollars, and I use them all the time for backgrounds and accents. If you have a quilting store in your area, be sure to check that out for scraps and samples. This image of my Tabbouleh with the Works looks gorgeous (if I must say so myself) on that pink fabric sample. Check out my Healthy Homemade Beefaroni and you’ll see how I used my bedroom curtain fabric as the backdrop.
  • HOMEMADE “DIY” PHOTOGRAPHY BOARDSA few summers ago, we hired Janice’s daughter to help us make DIY photography boards (we have a tutorial on the blog post). We created a variety of colors and textures—brown, pink, blue, green, gray—and we turn to them ALL the time for our food photography. Here’s our recipe for Last-Minute Black Bean Soup, which you’ll find in our first cookbook, The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers. And yes, I took this photo with my smart phone!
  • COMMERCIALLY MADE PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROPSInstead of making your own boards, you can invest in a few backdrop boards. We recently discovered TheBackgroundShop.com and went nuts buying half a dozen vinyl backdrops. We chose various wood backdrops like the turquoise one I used with my new Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Makeover recipe, and we also ordered two tiled patterned backdrops. {We ordered 3×3 foot vinyl backdrops, and we just noticed that everything on the site is on sale right now!}
  • Check out all of my previous blog posts on food photography for more tips for making your food photos shine
Read the whole recipe on Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen