Prop Talk – Packing Paper

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Today’s post is about a great-looking and very cheap alternative to plates: packing paper. I love to use brown or white packing paper in my photos, I find it lends a great rustic and casual feel to the shot. You can cut or tear the paper into the perfect size, you can crumple it up to make it look used, and you can put grease stains on it to give the shot extra appetite appeal. You can even partially wrap food in it and tie it up with a string. It’s very versatile and often works much better than a rigid plate.

Below are a few examples of how I’ve used packing paper in food photos on this blog.

Packing paper as a food photography prop.
From post Raspberry Habanero Jam-Glazed Chicken Burger

Turkey Cranberry Panini
From post Turkey Cranberry Grilled Sandwich with Orange Tarragon Mustard.

Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Cookies
From post Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Cookies

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