Need some advice about backgrounds, mostly for product & food photography

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Richard Eskite Regular Member • Posts: 102
Re: Need some advice about backgrounds, mostly for product & food photography
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I would stay away from paper seamless backgrounds for still life and food.  Too papery a texture.  Too easily rippled in storage.  Badly affected by moisture or oily materials.  Maybe keep a white one around for huge spreads or if you will silhouette a composition.

I much prefer high pressure laminates such as Formica or Wilsonart.  Lasts forever, is nearly indestructible, easily cleaned and the back side can be painted, if you're feeling creative.  I store mine vertically in a rack but they can also be rolled with care.  Hand tools are available for cutting to convenient sizes.  I also like Melamine, which is a high pressure laminate applied to MDF.  There is a flavor that's 1/4" thick with matte white on one side and matte gray on the other.  If you aren't needing a cove, this stuff is great.

Of course, the absolute best backgrounds are those unique highly textured or colorful surfaces we find in the recycling or antique store, so keep your eyes open.

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