2 Aug 2023
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Exquisite Food Photography Backdrops: Your Visual Aesthetics Companion
So, you own a DSLR, have honed your compositional skills, and even Felix, my mischievous tabby cat, could get mistaken for a food model due to the number of 'practice sessions' we've had together. However, there's one element that often gets overlooked despite its significant impact on the overall visual appeal -the backdrop! And let's take it up a notch by culture-crossing. We're heading to captivating India, my friends, home to some of the unique food photography backdrops. Hang on tight!
Offline Outlets: Traditional yet Treasure-filled
Store hopping is indeed an old-school way to purchase items. However, when it comes to food photography backdrops, the charm of scratching through local markets, interacting with shopkeepers and physically inspecting the items can't be outdone so easily. I remember this one time, I was out looking for backdrops, and I stumbled upon a shop selling traditional Indian sarees. Their intricate patterns, vibrant colours and diverse materials were perfect backdrops, and ended up adding an authentic Indian touch to my food photography. Now isn't that something!
Some of the most popular markets in Delhi, the capital city, for such treasure hunts are Chandni Chowk and Khan Market. Down South, markets like Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar, Kolkata’s New Market, and Bengaluru's Commercial Street are also worth exploring. And moving towards the western part of India, Law Garden in Ahmedabad is a must-visit.
Online Shopping: Convenience in a Click
Imagine lounging on your favourite beanbag, sipping coffee made just the way you like it, Felix purring away on my lap, and shopping for your food photography backdrops, all from the comfort of your home. Now isn't that a treat! Thanks to online shopping platforms, this is now possible. Websites such as Amazon India, Flipkart, and Snapdeal offer a wide range of backdrops, from rustic wooden textures to sleek marbles and quirky printed ones. But keep in mind, while the options are plenty, the trick is in finding high-quality products that are as good as they advertise.
From customised size options to a plethora of material choices including vinyl, paper, fabric and more, online stores can get you covered. Of course, you need to factor in the shipping time and cost, but with most of the e-commerce giants offering express shipping, you can have your chosen backdrop at your doorstep in no time. Plus nothing beats shopping in pyjamas, am I right?
DIY Backdrops: Unleashing the Artist Within
If you love to add a touch of personalisation to your photography elements, DIY food photography backdrops can be a fantastic option. A few years ago, I embarked on a playful mission to create a food photography background using nothing but items lying around the house. Numerous DIY videos, several paint-splattered trousers, and countless laughter riots with Felix later, I managed to create a backdrop that was not just unique, but really highlighted the colours of my food. And you know what they say, satisfaction doubles when you've put in your blood, sweat, and creativity into something.
From simple solutions like using a foam board and textured spray paint to engaging in a complex project that involves distressed wood, there is a wide range of materials you can use. Rearranging old tiles, painting on canvas or even repurposing an old table can turn into fantastic backdrops. The sky's the limit here, and the only thing stopping you is your creativity.
Professional Photography Stores: Blend of Quality and Variety
For those who are willing to shell out a bit more for professional quality, dedicated photography stores are your best bet. These stores provide a great balance of quality and variety. ProGear, Canvera, and Better Photography are a few well-established names in India.
They offer an extensive range of backdrop options – from themes to textures, to sizes and materials – they have it all! Not to mention, the much-needed guidance from the in-house photography geeks comes as a valuable bonus. These stores usually provide high-quality photography accessories, which explains their slightly steep price range. But hey, if that helps you serve visually delicious photos on the virtual plate, it's totally worth it, right?
And just like that, we've traversed across India, dipping into offline markets, tiptoeing around online platforms, embracing the paint-splattered chaos of DIY projects, and seeking solace in the aisles of professional stores. The thrill of this hunt for the perfect food photography backdrop is that it's like adding a little secret ingredient, a pinch of your personality, and a dash of your creative journey in each picture. So roll up your sleeves, keep that camera ready, and let's start creating some finger-licking good food pictures. Felix and I will be cheering for you!