Still Life Backgrounds

A still life image of a glass bowl with roses and petals.

Camera: Fujifilm X-T100
Lens: XC15-55mm Kit Lens
F/Number: f/5.6
ISO: 200

Focal Distance: 15 mm
Shutter Speed: 0.9 sec
Software: Adobe Lightroom CC

One of the things I love to use as a background for my still life photography is textured backgrounds. Last year when I was looking for backgrounds, I found some of them were quite expensive to buy. Anyway one day we were in Dunelm and was walking around the fabric section, when I stumbled across a leatherette fabric with a nice grain to it. It came in a roll of 140cm and I purchased a metre for £9.

Stupidly, we tried to glue it to some hardboard but unfortunately that didn’t work and I have had to throw the chestnut coloured one away.

Just before lockdown in December we went to Dunelm again and I managed to get the grey version, plus a black/silver sparkling one, along with a grey/gold sparkling version. I buy it by the metre and find that it makes a great backdrop.

I have managed to find some leatherette fabric on Amazon and I am awaiting delivery of 3 more 1m lengths in different colours. What I love about the leatherette is the texture it gives to still life photography.

My next project to create backdrops will be to look at the Fablon *(Sticky back plastic) section, when we next go to B&Q and stick this to some hardboard. Hopefully they will do a plank flooring one so that I can mix and match.


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