Amp Up Your Flatlay Game With These Photo Backdrops

Want to improve your blog photography & create stunning images to draw in more loyal followers?

Of course you do! 

Well, let’s look into this a bit further & start with the basics – sourcing backdrops.

You see, when it comes to creating gorgeous images, you need to plan your shots. And of course, part of that planning comes back to the backdrops you’re going to use.

Keep your backdrops simple & don’t overdo it [like with anything photography related]. Crazy, bold patterns will only draw the attention of your tribe away from your focal point. And that is what we don’t want.

Your backdrop can make or break your photo.

 


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So where can you find great backdrops?

Well, sourcing backdrops is actually a lot easier than what you think. In fact, I’m sure if you looked around, you would find at least 5 backdrops in the room you’re in right now. You might have hardwood floors, an old oak coffee table, a fluffy rug, a magazine & your favourite silk blanket. Oh wait, I’m describing my lounge room. Anywho, you get the gist. 

Great backdrops [& props] are all around you.

Over the years, I’ve used tonnes of products I already had at home in my photography. Whether that may be an old lace curtain, my favourite soft blanket, or the mug that my mum gave me for Christmas last year.

Using backdrops that you’ve already got lying around the house is not only good for your wallet but actually makes your photos so much more relatable. People love to look at photos in familiar environments. That soft, white doona on your bed – perfect! Who doesn’t love bed?!


Let’s take a look at some other great photography backdrops

 

Portrait Photography

WALLS
Take a look around your house, inside & out, and notice your walls. If the focus is on you – choose something simple, bright & clean. If the focus is on the wall, let your imagination run free. Find the biggest, boldest artwork-filled wall you can & get snapping!

 

OUTDOORS
Guess what else your backyard is good for? Taking portraits, that’s what! Get dressed up, grab your tripod & hit the backyard for a portrait session. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the front garden or the local park 😉 

 

MATERIALS
Grab some material, a couple of pegs, zip ties or clamps and create a make-shift “YouTube” backdrop. You can literally use any material you want on your DIY backdrop. Get as creative as you want.

 

 

Product Photography

WHITE BOARDS
One of the most common type of backdrop known to bloggers is the white backdrop. Simple, clean & works with any style of flatlay for product photography.

 

BEDSPREAD & LINEN
I know I covered this earlier but it’s worth mentioning again. Your bedspread/doona & fluffy blankets can make great backdrops. Add a laptop, cup of coffee & some cosy necessities – you’ve now got yourself the perfect Sunday morning shot!

 

SCRAP BOOKING PAPER
Craft paper can make a great addition to your flatlay photography. Adding a pop of colour with gorgeous paper is the perfect alternative to a plain white background.

 

What are some of your favourite types of backdrops for your flatlays &/or portraits?

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A List of The Best Backdrops for Flatlays | Grow your blog with professional photography for both products & portraits - Learn how to gain loyal readers with gorgeous photographs using these 6 photo backdrops | Learn more at ElleyMae.com | Blog - Grow Your Blog - Photography Tips - Blog Tips for Beginners - Photography Tips for Beginners
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10 Comments

  1. Alice
    Jul 2017 /

    Lovely post, some great ideas here. I always opt for my bedding or white board for my simple backdrops, I then add my favourite props in for detail.

    Alice May Snell ♡

    • Jul 2017 /

      Ooh, yes Alice! Love the fresh linen look – it’s so soft & feminine and so relatable.

      Thanks for reading!

      Elley xx

  2. Jul 2017 /

    Great post Elley! I always struggle a little when finding little backdrops for my flatlays. I often find myself reaching for the same so now I am going to be a little more adventurous!
    Thank you for sharing

    • Jul 2017 /

      Go you good thing! Get adventurous and have fun with it!

      I love experimenting with different props & backdrops – it’s good fun sorting through them all!

      Elley xx

  3. Jul 2017 /

    I love this post – so helpful as always! I love trying to find backdrops and props to incorporate into my blog photos. Great idea with the bed sheets I’m totally going to use that one!

    http://www.phillippabeauty.com

    • Jul 2017 /

      Thanks Phillippa – I’m so glad you stopped by & enjoyed it!

      Let me know how you get on with the bedsheets – I love shooting my product photography on fresh linen.
      It’s just so soft & beautiful!

      Elley xx

  4. Jul 2017 /

    Great post. I’m loving the Sunday morning shot idea. I like to use a marble background (actually a sturdy board with a marble looking sticky back plastic attached!) by its effective. Also I have a fake grass which looks good for summery shots. One of which I’ve just had shared on Insta by Molton Brown because they loved it. Your photography is amazing

  5. Jul 2017 /

    Such a good read, lots of great ideas. I have a Marble look vinyl tile from Bunnings that I like to use sometimes. ☺️

  6. Jul 2017 /

    Hello
    Such a great post. Great tips that I can use to photograph my jewellery. Thank you

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