Fall is here! Of all the seasons it is my favorite. A little coolness in the air, leaves begin to change, football is kicking in gear for all levels, and you just want to be outdoors. The sad thing is after fall is winter and that’s when I stay inside at least 80% of the time. June of this year I wrote a blog about creating photography with limited space and budget by using your kitchen counter and items you have around your home. Now I want to share with you how to create your own backgrounds using the outdoors environment and using them for your indoor photography…bringing outdoors indoors. I’ve learned this technique from Mike Moats Macro Photography class http://mikemoatsblog.com/ last year and never tried it until now.
When I’m photographing items inside I normally use a black or white background. It does get boring. I can go the easy route and open up my favorite software, add color to a plain background. Or I can take my camera outdoors and create my backgrounds. If you have a camera you can focus manually, focus until you have your subject as blurred as you like – it’s up to your liking. (If you have problems setting your camera up to shoot your image blurry, still take your photographs, open in your software and make adjustments for blurriness.) Open your image in your software and print it on plain computer paper. If you decide to use photographic paper make sure it’s matte. Glossy paper will give a shine to your background, which can become a distraction and takes away from your final image. Print out a few and begin using for all types of backgrounds for your indoor projects.
The samples below are items I have around the house. Both were photographed with available light. The rose is from The Rose Project. I don’t photograph flowers too often but I do know there are a lot of flower lovers and it will be a great indoors project in the winter and other seasons as well.
The next one is the Willow Tree Sunrise.
If you’re like me when the cold weather comes and feels like it is staying forever, you still want to take your camera out and photograph something…..anything. In the next month or so I will go out and create more backgrounds. While I’m inside making sure my gloves, hats, boots, etc. are in close range, I will also start looking around for small trinkets that will make wonderful subjects for my indoors photography projects.
Happy shooting!! 🙂 🙂
If you want to see more photographs from the Rose Project click here: The Rose Project