I’m always on the lookout for cheap or free things to use as photography backgrounds, and I’m always surprised at how much I can find just by looking at things laying around my house. Chances are you’ve got plenty of inspiration tucked away in drawers or closets. Go on – dig ’em out! You won’t know what you have until you start looking!
Here are 30 of my favorite household-objects-turned-photo-backgrounds.
Free Backgrounds for Photos
Here’s just a few photo-background friendly things you probably already own:
1. Woven placemats
2. Wooden cutting board
3. Cookie sheet
4. Brick mantle
5. Wool blanket or sweater
6. Wooden door (painted or not)
7. Folded linen towel
8. Canvas tote bag
10. Paper grocery bag
11. Open book
12. Stack of books
13. Window sill
14. Wrapping paper
15. Seat cushions
16. Clothing – denim and patterned shirts in particular
17. Kitchen table
18. Kitchen countertop
20. Decorative napkins
21. Woven baskets
22. Stairs & railings
23. Wooden chair
24. Driveway / walkway
25. Back patio or deck
26. Tree bark
28. Decorative fabric
29. Painter’s canvas (try the backside of a wall painting)
30. Bed linens
3 Things You Probably Shouldn’t Use as Photo Backgrounds
Alas, even for us carpet-lovers, carpeting’s out of style. You can get away with photographing your trinkets on a hardwood floor (or a convincing lookalike), but carpet as a background just doesn’t give off great vibes. Carpet is easily recognizable, it’s got little to no character of its own, and it cheapens your handmade trinket by placing it on what is obviously a floor.
2. Bathroom tile
Unless your bathroom has gorgeous marble floors, your tile and grout probably look a lot like… tile and grout.
One exception: vintage newspaper. But the latest USAToday is going to look cheap and cartoonish – until, of course, you keep it so long that it turns into VINTAGE NEWSPAPER!
What’s your best already-own-it photography background find? Tell us in the comments!
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