Hello, hello! As some of you have very nicely reminded me recently, I haven’t done a prop talk in a while!
(Quick explanation for my new readers: every once in a while I write a post about my favorite props and other behind-the-scenes food photography stuff. This is one of those posts. To see all previous installments just click the Behind the Scenes tab in the menu bar at the top).
Today’s post is about tiles. I’m talking about just regular tiles that you can buy at the hardware store and that are meant to go on the floor of your bathroom, kitchen or anywhere else in the house. I’ve got several tiles and use them as backdrops or surfaces. What’s nice about tile is mainly its texture, a textured background or surface always looks better than a smooth one. They also tend to come in nicely muted colors that work well in a food photograph. My two favorite tiles are the two you see below.
The beige tile to the right looks like a concrete wall when it’s propped up behind the set and out of focus, which is a nice look for bright and airy photos. I used it in the hot chocolate with whipped cream photo you see below.
The gray/brown slate tile works great as a backdrop for dark photos, such as this photo of chicken satay. I have also used it as a surface, for example in the photo of cinnamon sticks below. The colors worked well with those of the cinnamon and the texture kept the shot from looking too boring.
From post Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce.
From post Next Up: Cassia/Cinnamon.
Do you use tiles in your food photography at all? Do you have a favorite tile? Let me know in the comments! :)