USING SHOTBOX - Backdrops
I love backgrounds that have color, texture and personality so when I was photographing these hand turned wine bottle toppers for a post in the Hobby section, I started with a brick backdrop with a wood plank base. You can't see the wood plank base in the picture on the right but the wine bottle topper display disappeared into the base and the background ended up being way too busy and distracting. After looking at my pictures, I realized that the base and background were not a good fit so I opted for something simpler...much simpler. I tried out the plain white background. I no longer had a busy and distracting backdrop but the white was too bright. The contrast between the white and the textured wood was just too much and was hard on my eyes. So my third choice was the plain black background which actually ended up photographing as a nice, charcoal grey. The color and texture of the wooden toppers was enhanced by the background and they became to focus of the picture. That was exactly the look that I was going for! It took me three tries to get it right but it was definitely worth the little bit of time that it took to switch out the background and reshoot the subject. The right background really does make a difference so don't be afraid to change things up until you find the combination that works for your photo!
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Shot with SHOTBOX and my Samsung Galazy S5 Smartphone.