Oct 07

7th October 2019 

Free Tutorial: Creating Simple Photo Backgrounds

Photography can be a bit of a mind field...different backgrounds, lighting, exposure, contrast...there's just so much to learn. How can we be bakers and photographers?! We feel your pain, but are here to help!

In this free tutorial from Pretty Witty Cakes, you can learn how to enhance and really improve your photos by simply changing the backgrounds. You'll soon become a pro and hugely improve your food photography skills.

Learn some great tricks for styling, avoiding shadows, using reflections and blurry backgrounds to really improve your photos. 

This tutorial uses objects you can find around the house to use as backgrounds and so is a really great tutorial to watch and learn how to do.

It is certainly true that we eat with our eyes before our stomachs and that means it is essential to take good photos of your bakes to sell them really well. Have a go at the tips in this free tutorial and see what a difference it makes!

If you loved this tutorial then have a look at our other Photography Tutorials over at the Pretty Witty Academy.

Top Tips for Creating Simple Photo Backgrounds:

  • Wallpaper works really well as a back drop to your bakes.
  • Something fairly simple is best, so it doesn't distract too much from your cakes - polka dots work well.
  • A curve is essential when laying out the wall paper, if you have anything too sharp it can create a shadow.
  • Take landscape and portrait photos so you have a choice. 
  • You can also do some simple styling. If you have used sprinkles on your cake then you can add sprinkles around the cake to add another dimension to the photo.
  • A white tile also works really well in food photography, it works as a really clean background.
  • Have the cupcake fairly near the front so you have a good stretch of white behind it. The white tile gives a nice reflection.
  • More cupcakes can be placed a little way behind to give a different effect and a blurry background.
  • Doilies can be used on the tile as well, and can also be dressed with more sprinkles.
  • Don't be afraid to use multiple doilies in one shot, they can work well to tie a collection of cupcakes together as Sam shows us.
  • Make sure to take lots of photos from different angles so you can find one you're really happy with.

What To Do Now:

Head on over to Pretty Witty Academy where you can fin hundreds of tutorials on everything you need to know about cake. You can also find all our tutorials on food photography and how to make your cakes look their absolute best.

Using Props to Enhance Photos

Over on the Pretty Witty Academy site we have nearly 1000 cake tutorials showing you everything from how to design and plan a cake and covering a cake with sugar paste all the way to mind blowing sculpted and gravity defying cakes.

There is also a huge business section for you budding cake entrepreneurs wanting a change or new career and for those who already have a cake business needing a few tips.

Why not check out some of these amazing cake and business tutorials. See more at Pretty Witty Academy.

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