So I’ve been asked on Twitter and by fellow bloggers I meet in real life about how I take my Instagram photos. Where do I get all my white space? Do I live in a white box?
Encouraged by Steph and Jim, today I’m going to take you guys behind the scenes! Warning: this isn’t as exciting as I’m making it out to be. I’m by no means an expert, but I wanted to share my process if only to encourage more people to take lovely photos.
I’ve decided to make this a short series, so I’ll be talking about a different part of the process in different posts. Today, I wanted to talk about what I get questioned on the most, my background!
My early Instagram pictures were mostly taken on a variety of interesting surfaces. I had a wooden table and a cool fireplace, so I generally displayed books on that. I also had a variety of coloured sofas, rugs and carpet.
However, I was addicted to gorgeous food photos, and the ones I especially loved were taken on white surfaces. It really made the colours pop and I’m such a fan of the clean, crisp, highly saturated look. Unfortunately, I don’t live in a perfect white house with lovely white marble surfaces (if only).
Thankfully I do have a white wall, which solved half the problem. I just needed to find another white surface and as my floors are a dark wood. So, enter the footstool:
Then I covered it with a white sheet. Because the surface underneath is quite a strong colour, it’s been folded and then draped:
And taa dah – that’s how I get the white backgrounds for my Instagram photos! You can also use styrofoam boards, white card, or paint cardboard boxes white. It’s fun to experiment and to see what works best with your surroundings and your style of photography.
I’ve also recently been trying some other surfaces to have a bit of variety in my pictures (sometimes a plain white background can get boring). We have a shelf that we haven’t been able to put up, so I’ve been using it as a slim bookcase, which is perfect for displaying book hauls or fake shelfies.
Here is an example of one posted on Instagram:
We also have creamy carpets in the main bedroom, which is next to a window so I can get some good light on the photos.
It can also create some interesting shadows, which look dramatic and the like. Here is another one I posted on Instagram:
So that’s where I take my photos! I like a very clean minimalist style, however, I am super impressed by the talent of those that don’t use a plain surface like me. I love looking at book photos taken outdoors, on wooden decking, on bedsheets, on mirrored surfaces and so many more. Variety is the key to what makes the Bookstagram community so great!
Anyway, hope that has helped! If you’re active on Instagram, what do you take your photos on? I would love to know! I also want to know if you want to see this feature continue and what you would want covered next?