Backgrounds for Photographing Family Treasures

Last week, I showed a sample of my attempts to photograph objects using different background colors. I have another brief installment to share.

I propped up this neckerchief slide inside a lightbox. To do this, I placed a piece of fiberfill in the box and then covered it with a white cloth. I put the slide in front of the cloth so it could lean against the soft support.


This looks really nice. However, I really want the white slide to stand out from the background. White on white rarely has the contrast necessary to pop the object. So, I decided to try the high contrast of a black backdrop.


I LOVE it. Sure, I could have created some sort of prop, but to me, I like the contrast of the white object on the black background.


When deciding which background to use, I don’t have a hard and fast rule. I do know that it depends on a) your particular taste and b) how much contrast you want. A colored background can be used to set a mood or tell a story (such as a red background to represent a sorority’s colors).


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Play around and experiment. I am so glad I learned about playing around with the camera settings in the lesson from my friend regarding the trophies. I see how it is starting to pay off.

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