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When you prop-style your own photos, one of the ongoing struggles is having enough photo backgrounds to pick from in your collection. Different clients and gigs require different looks and moods. What's a photographer to do?
The thing is, you can get a lot of mileage out of one background. Don't believe me? Let me show you.
The surface used below is our Ruby background. With a change in props, lighting, and adjustments in your post production, you can create dramatically different looks from one shot to the next.
With this first image, I wanted to create a monochromatic palette. The Ruby surface has warm reddish-brown marbling throughout, so choosing produce within the red & purple family seemed like an obvious choice. I also used props with warm undertones, like the wood boards and pink and brown-hued dishes.
For this image, my goal was to create a calm, quiet scene. I used very diffused strobe to light the shot and chose a muted, soft color palette for my props.
Joe and I have degrees in fine art so I've spent a lot of time thinking and talking about color. If you've ever taken an art class, you've probably heard about complementary colors-- colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. Complementary colors include red/green, blue/orange and purple/yellow. The idea is that a color's opposite makes it stand out more strongly in a compostion. For example, when I am shooting a subject with a lot of warm orange tones, (citrus, for example), I often choose a background and/or props with blue tones because that will make my subject stand out. So, in this image, my subject was a salad comprised of reds and greens and I chose to stick with that palette of complementary colors. Because the colors are so rich, the surface fades into the background and becomes a good foundation to help the subject shine.
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