Cheapo Styling Tricks: Color Backgrounds
27 Jan 2010

One of my favorite tricks is to use a simple foam-core board as a background. Set just far enough away from the subject, it will appear as a nice clean wall and cut out any clutter that is in the room (and in my studio, that can be quite a bit). Even better, several years ago I found these great poster-sized paint samples by Yolo at Seattle's Ecohaus that have a bit of double sided tape on the back... perfect for attaching to a 2x3 sheet of foam board. Not only do they have a beautiful selection of colors, but the samples have texture to them, so they really look like a wall surface. And, they are only $5.99 each. I've had a set of these for the past 4 years and used them extensively. A simple switch of a background color can make a huge difference in the feel of a shot.

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My old sheets were starting to look a bit ratty, so I made a trip down to Ecohaus earlier this week and picked up 9 "new walls" for the studio... which all store away in the tiniest space between my cabinets. I'm in love with some of the new colors they are offering.
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They work equally well beneath your subject. Wallpaper would work great for this too! In fact, I'm particularly intrigued by the Madison & Grow papers. The samples are only $5, but I'm not sure how big they are. PS: Something bizarro happened last time I upgraded WordPress and it deleted all of my categories... it's going to take a little while, but I should have things recategorized in the next couple of weeks. And, I'll be posting a new challenge for Flickr at the beginning of February.

(In case you were wondering, I am an Amazon affiliate, and purchases from links in this post to Amazon may earn me a nickel or two... so thanks!).

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