Hello, hello! Here comes another installment of my Prop Talks. (To read previous posts of this series, just click on the Behind the Scenes tab in the menu at the top).
First, I want to let you know that I am going to reduce the frequency of the Prop Talk posts to once a month from now on. (I need to pace myself a little better…). Today I’ll show you some of the rustic wood boards I use in the background of some of my photos as wooden “walls.” I often like to have a horizon line in my photos with a table and a wall in the background behind it. Since I don’t have actual antique wood walls in my studio nor in the rest of my house (and I would venture to guess that few photographers do) I just prop up antique, textured wood boards either directly onto the table or against the back of a chair behind the set. Above are three pieces I use frequently, a wooden board, a wooden tray and a wooden shutter. They all have great texture that looks nice (and, in my opinion, authentic) in photos. Below are the three pieces in action:
From post Herbed Orzo with Grilled Zucchini.
From post Shrimp Gumbo.
What about you? Do you use rustic wood surfaces as backgrounds? What are your favorites?