When you are taking a photograph of something, your immediate thought is usually about the subject of your image. Something I learnt a few years ago is that the background is an amazing starting point for creating an image. I set myself a 365 project and challenged myself to take a photograph every day. I soon realised that I was going to run out of background options in my family home, so I started collecting new backgrounds. Old wood in skips, wrapping paper and even old baking trays. The background to me is as important as the subject in my images.
In the Autumn I particularly love photographing on my rustic wooden table in my studio. It creates a real sense of the time of year and compliments all the colours of the season.
In contrast you can see how a white background makes the Dahlias feel so different. Still beautiful but more fresh and less cosy.
Backgrounds can add texture to an image and they create the first layer upon which to build up the rest of your image.
Along with my backgrounds I am always gathering new props to inspire me when I take my photographs. This round tray in the image above is full of things I have found on my Autumn walks or flowers that I have dried over the past few weeks. It's a great place to start when I want to style a flat lay this month.
This week's Makelight YouTube video is set in the Makelight Studio and shows you my favourite table and a few of my favourite other backgrounds and props for Autumn styling and photography.
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