Still Life Backgrounds

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

Camera Settings

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.

About the Author

Bren is a female amateur photographer, fibromyalgia sufferer and blogger at Bacardigirl.UK who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Brashley Photography which showcases the places they’ve visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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