Backdrop for Cake Photography?

Cake and white plate on a wooden background pattern. Note the clean uncluttered background and non obtrusive pattern
Cake and white plate on a wooden background pattern. Note the clean uncluttered background and non obtrusive pattern

The All Important Backdrop

I am not a photographer by any means. That would be my sister’s field. As unfortunate as it is, she doesn’t live near by and even if she did, it would be a bit much to ask of her to photograph each and every one of my projects.
She has, however, armed me with a really nice camera that I still don’t know how to use very well, so a lot of the time I find myself grabbing my iPhone and firing off a few shots.

Camera or iPhone, the importance of having a clean background in a well lit environment is essential. It is the difference between producing an eye catching photo or just one that folks will wiz by without much notice. Therefore, a backdrop for cake photography is a must.

There really is no need to go and purchase expensive backdrop material, as long as you have a clean, wrinkle free back panel of some sort. A fresh un-patterned wall, in a naturally lit area of your home will suffice if you do not have any other choice.
If you take an open area picture and ALL of your stuff is in the background,or that every so popular wrinkled sheet, it detracts from all of the hard work and laborious hours you put into creating that fabulous cake. Understandably, if it is a wedding cake that you are shooting and you are in the venue of the wedding, you may be stuck with clutter in your background.

For this reason, I love the “fuzzy background” look. But that would take camera lesson or two and I haven’t talked sissy into making us a video yet.

Ok, I’ll throw out a shameless plea. Sissy, if you are reading, we need you!

I will show you what I have devised. It makes a world of difference in the quality of photos going up on my site and facebook page.

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Levolor blind wall mounted above my spare bake table
Levolor blind wall mounted above my spare bake table

I was fortunate enough to have a spare bake table in a fairly well lit area of my studio. Armed with a standing adjustable lamp (goodwill store $3.00) and a small ringlite (ebay 109.00), and a wall mounted Levolor blind, I am able to take a pretty decent photo. I have mounted a the blind so that it pulls down over the bake table when I am ready to use it and when I am done it rolls up and out of my way. The blinds do come in colors, but I found that with the varied cakes that I do, the plain white worked for all.

Steampunk Owl cake with dark, patterned background.  A bit busy and not a crisp view of cake details
Steampunk Owl cake with dark, patterned background. A bit busy and not a crisp view of cake details
Steam Punk Owl Cake on a plain white background.  Note the lack of wrinkles. Levolor blind!
Steam Punk Owl Cake on a plain white background. Note the lack of wrinkles. Levolor blind!

You could also use a roll of wall paper with a light background pattern. You don’t really want anything too busy or the result would be the same as clutter.

So let’s clean it up cakies! And now we wait……….for that highly anticipated video tutorial on how “SIMPLY” work your SLR camera. Yay sis!

Until next time

Happy Caking
Lesi