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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

When taking pictures of your artistic creations, jewelry or otherwise, it can be tricky to find the right background. Here are a few suggestions to consider before you click the shutter.

Fabric remnants are a great way to give your backdrops texture and depth.

Using fabric remnants can give your photographs added texture and depth.

Fabric Remnants – Next time you head into Jo-Ann’s or similar fabric store, make sure you stop by the remnants section. These are usually the fabric that is left at the end of a roll that is too short to be left out on display. These pieces are typically discounted anywhere from 50-75% off the original price.

“Tide Pools” by Suzann Sladcik Wilson. A tile can be a great neutral background when shooting your jewelry.

Tiles – Tiles make a great backgrounds due to the range of colors and finishes they come in. Many of the larger home improvement stores sell tiles individually. They can be relatively inexpensive ranging in price from .50 – $5.00, depending on what the tile is made out of and how large it is. Local tile outlets sometimes have close-out pieces discounted. One store even gave me a sample they no longer carried for free!

Scrapbook Paper – If your object is fairly small, like jewelry, scrapbook paper that is 12×12 opens a world of options. Most major craft stores offer sheets individually, but also consider books of scrapbooking paper since they can offer a wide variety of colors and textures in one package.

A consistently white background is achieved by using white foam core poster board. Pendant by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

A consistently white background is achieved by using white foam core poster board. Pendant by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Foam Board – When you need to have a true white background, consider using foam core poster board like the professionals do. Most office supply and big box stores carry it. Over time, it will become dirty, so remember to replace it every so often.

This necklace was shot on the floor of a patio to complement the earthiness of the design.

Household Finds – The background you need may be at your fingertips! Consider using place mats, a wooden cutting board, wrapping paper, stone floors, or even your favorite shirts as a backdrop.

One the best pieces of advice we received for when you’re photographing your creations is to try multiple background options. What may look good in person can sometimes comes across totally different when loaded onto the computer. By shooting the same object on different backgrounds, you can tell which one really “pops”. (Thanks Dad for the advice!)

Have a great idea for a background? Share it with the world in the comments below!

If you have any questions about beading, or photographing your jewelry and art work, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Wishing you creativity, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com and BeadphoriaBoutique.com.

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