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3 Nice backgrounds for portraits and photo booths that you can make at home

The post 3 nice backgrounds for portraits and photo booths that you can make at home first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Erin Fitzgibbon.

Bring out your creativity

As our phones become an essential tool in our lives, we have started to integrate them into our daily routines. We use them to document events and milestones, and then share them on social media.

A trend that seems to be continuing is having photo booths at events and even meetings. Guests are invited to take photos for a fun background to document the memories of that special day.

And photographers are always looking for great studio backgrounds to make portraits interesting.

I keep both scenarios in mind and have compiled three examples of easy-to-create backgrounds that can be used in a variety of situations. So whether you are a serious portrait photographer who wants to make something unique for your company or a creative person who wants to give your guests something nice during an event, here you will find step-by-step instructions for creating some cool backgrounds.

1 # String and a theme

For this creative effort you only need a lot of strings and some paper clips. I have used this technique with everything from displaying art to creating a fun background for portraits to support the awareness of Down's syndrome.

(The folds in the fabric can be easily removed in Photoshop. I just wanted to show what it looked like.)

Made with socks from a few friends, two pieces of white fabric and some pins.

The steps are fairly simple.

  1. Search for a string. (I am partly dependent on a black string or a brown hemp-based string.)
  2. Use strong tape or hooks to move the rope back and forth across the area that you are going to photograph. This works best on a blank wall or a normal background cloth. (If you do not have a background cloth, iron a sheet and hang it using pins).
  3. Add all theme items that you have chosen at random places along the string using paper clips.
  4. Take some test photos ' s to make sure you like the look of your background.

I hung the socks off the string using bobby pins.

This is a background we made for a school. The design is made for World Down Syndrome Day. Everyone was encouraged to raise awareness by wearing crazy socks. So we made this simple background and then took photos of the students for the socks. It was easy to set up and very nice to photograph.

2 # Paint splashes and a display board folded in three

Remember the triple display boards that we all bought to make our scholarly scholarship projects? Well, here is a background that you can create with that basis of the school day. It is also easy to transport – just fold it up and away if you want it. It is also a great way to record paint that you have in the basement.

I used some acrylic paint and a palette knife for this background. I decided to apply it this time, but you can also splash the paint.

  1. Buy a tri-fold display board (black or white) from the dollar store.
  2. Choose a number of paint colors that match your theme (or use what you have in the basement). If the paint is too thick to splash, adding water can make it more flexible.
  3. Take the folded plate outside (or put a lot of newspapers on the kitchen floor).
  4. Use different brush sizes to drop, splash, or wipe the paint in any shape on the fold.
  5. Let it dry for a few hours before you move the board.

If you load the knife with a few colors and drag it over the palette, you get a lot of mix and color variation.

This is the display board completely folded in three. Although the background is not very large, it is quite portable. However, it limits how much you see. But keep in mind that you can always use a zoom lens and that your subject is at a distance from the background. After all, many do-it-yourselfs are about doing what you have.

A simple white tri-board can be very useful. And in no time it can also be used as a reflector.

3 # brown paper and old books

For this you need a roll of craft paper, which you can hang on a studio background or improvise by sticking it on the wall. But you'll have to be careful with this background, and if your guests or customers aren't paying attention, they could easily rip the paper.

Then choose a few books that are important for your event. If it's a baby shower, old children's books can be a good choice for the background.

(I realize that some people think that apologizing for a book on a background is blasphemous.) Personally, I think it's a great way to give it a different purpose instead of just leaving it on the shelf. this really bothers, use newspapers.)

  1. Collect old books that you will not read again, or go to the library and ask for damaged books that they will throw away. Flea markets and garage sales are also great places to find books.
  2. Cut pages from the books that you find visually appealing
  3. Paste the pages on the long strip of brown kraft paper that you have hung
  4. Apply as many pages ' s as you want. (You may want to use only a few pages while someone else may want to cover the brown paper completely.)
  5. Carefully adjust the paper roll so that guests can easily stand in front of your background

I used pages ' s from an old Writer ' s Market to create this background. The nice thing is that I can roll it up and take it everywhere I go.

I also like the appearance of this background with a black and white treatment.

A classic black and white portrait on the front is very pleasant.

Other ideas

Here are some more ideas for backgrounds.

  1. Run party streamers diagonally along the wall in different colors.
  2. Hang homemade snowflakes on the ceiling.
  3. Hang Christmas lights behind a sheet for a radiant look.
  4. Collect fall leaves and glue them on brown paper.
  5. Use old rolls of wallpaper and put them behind your subject. (No gluing required.)

There are countless ways to create an inspiring look for portraits. Do not be afraid of being creative and use objects that you have in your home. And share your ideas and examples. We would like to see which items you use to make something really fun and creative.

The post 3 nice backgrounds for portraits and photo booths that you can make at home first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Erin Fitzgibbon.

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