30 Cheap Prop & Background Ideas for Blog Photographs | Blog Advice
First things first – happy new year! Let’s kick it off with some good ol’ blog advice. Photographs are what first attract people to your posts; they are so important. They must act like a big warm hug to your readers, and to tempt them in. So, you must get creative! You don’t need an expensive camera or fancy lighting. Just throwing in some simple props and backgrounds makes the world of a difference, you don’t even necessarily have to buy them, just use things around your house. There is something so satisfying about seeing the results of a successful photo when I upload the shots to my laptop. So today I thought i’d share some ideas with you on exactly how you can do the same.
I have recently been into switching up my backgrounds. I used to just use a cream throw (above) but I realised my photographs lacked a little, well, umph. So, I bought a couple of different paper backgrounds that were so affordable but have improved my photographs so much. It wasn’t until I did some research that I realised how inexpensive they actually are. Alternatively, you’ll guaranteed have some of the items listed already in your home.
+ Magazine pages
+ Contact paper. I bought a marble effect one on eBay (here).
+ Surface patterned paper. I got mine in Vintage Wood on Amazon (here) for under £10.
+ Patterned scarves
+ Free wallpaper samples. Places like B&Q and Homebase always have a wide selection to take away.
+ Fur backdrop. Intended for baby photography but I nabbed myself a bargain at just £9.99 (here).
+ A throw or rug
+ Wrapping paper
+ Tissue paper
+ A white table. Products look their best on a neutral background. You can tables for around £5 at Ikea (here).
+ Your bed duvet cover
There are so many lovely prop ideas and they make such a difference to a photograph. I like to add a little greenery to my pictures by using false flowers or cacti. Notebooks and photo frames also make nice additions. I switch up my props depending on the season, so for Christmas I will use stockings, candy canes etc. and in the summer i’ll use bright coloured flowers, fuchsia lipsticks etc. Here are some more ideas…
+ False flowers
+ A patterned diary, folder or notebook. Paperchase do some lovely designs.
+ Makeup Brushes
+ Makeup. Crushed (if they’re old) or as they are in their packaging.
+ Christmas tree decorations
+ Fairy lights. I recently bought some copper string ones (here) which are so affordable.
+ A large mirror under products
+ Jars and bottles. You can get these almost anywhere now, but Ikea have a great selection.
+ Dried fruit. You can dry your own or buy them already dried in a lot of homewear stores.
+ Fur Cones
+ Items of clothing
+ Laptop (or laptop case)
+ Perfume bottles
+ Mug of tea/coffee
+ A tray
I hope this post prompted an idea or two for you. Natural light and Adobe Photoshop are my best friends. These two combined are how I get the best photographs. I am going to do a full post on exactly how I take and edit my photographs very soon, so watch out for that.
Do you already use some of these props and backgrounds in your photographs? Which would you love to try?
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