As a blogger I’ve had a pretty steep learning curve when it comes to A LOT of things, one of the things I am focusing on improving this year is my photography. You might remember that one of my goals this year is to take a photography class, which also plays really nicely into some of the things I am doing for my teaching job as well. One of the things I have been needing to upgrade is the number and kind of backdrops I have. Now there are some incredible backdrops available out there, but I am a DIY girl to the bone. I decided to try my hand at making my own backdrops and because they turned out so well I wanted to share my wisdom with you!
The first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of backdrop you want. I wanted a couple more wooden backdrops so I did a quick Google image search for wood backgrounds. It is important when you are searching that you make sure to click on the search tools drop down and then filter your search for images that are as big as possible (think over 1000px wide, minimum) and available for reuse. This will drastically narrow down your results, but you won’t have to worry about anyone getting mad at you down the road.
Once you have your images saved onto your computer you will need to upload them to your local printing company. So far I have only found Staples to offer the color engineering prints. One you get them uploaded and ordered you wait, it usually only takes a day or two to get them printed and ready for pick up. They are about $12 a piece which is really amazing for ANY image you could want, you are not limited by anything but your imagination. I also think you could easily take your own pictures of cool backdrops and textures that you want to use and get EXACTLY what you want!
While you are waiting swing by your local dollar store and pick up some white foam boards. They are the perfect size and weight for a portable backdrop. You will also need some spray adhesive, so if you don’t have any lying around you will want to grab some while you are picking up your prints from Staples.
Once you have everything you need, you will start off by spraying the foam board with the adhesive. Then, very carefully, you will adhere the print directly to the board. You may want to have someone help you the first time you do this if you are worried about bubbles or creases. Once your paper is affixed to the foam board you are done! I do all of mine front and back so that each board has two back drops on it, but you absolutely can use one for each if that works better for you!
Now, I just need to learn how to use my camera…