Raccoon dress up mask and tail set.

DIY Product Photography Background

In my opinion, modeled photos are the best for product photography . Unfortunately arranging a model is not always possible and I have been dreaming about having a natural background for my non-modeled masks and costumes. It is also important to me to be able to do the photographing at home indoors, in case there is a long period of rainy days or weeks.


product photography bacgroundWood is the natural answer to this  (no pun intended), the only question remaining is how to go about it without having to buy heavy plunks of wood in a DIY store and building a wall out of them. The answer came to my by accident. As it turns out our local stationary shop sells untreated 4 and 5 mm thick very light planks of wood .

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I have bought 12 of them to be able to use them as a vertical and horizontal background at the same time. The really good thing about these planks that they are extremely light and if you only use them for horizontal background you don’t even need to nail them together- easier to store. Just lie them out one by one on a flat surface where you have the best light for taking photos.

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This time it was a nother rainy day and the best light was in the living room. I used the coffee table for the base, and to make sure that I don’t run out of the background area when taking photos at different angles, I built a bit of wall with the piano chair and sellotape holder supporting it. – Basically anything that I could find within reach.

… and yes, that is the price barcode on the plank.

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Once it was done, I was ready to take photos.

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Raccoon dress up mask and tail set.

Now the only question remaining: Shall I paint the planks of wood in any color or leave them to be natural? If so, what color should it be?

8 thoughts on “DIY Product Photography Background

  1. PetitPlat

    If you paint, don’t go with white or black, it is hell to photograph on such extremes.
    I’d go for a nice gray, but not too uniform, if that makes sense.
    I tend to use different papers for my pictures, but my work is much smaller.

  2. Nathalie

    Cool setup! I’d definitely treat the wood but not paint it. Maybe a colored wood preservative…not sure what the name is in English (and Google was useless)…it’s thinner than paint , more like colored water and gives the wood another color but you can see the wood grain…

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