How to use Hardboard Photography Backgrounds

Posted by Margot on 1st Dec 2020

A Background is one of the most important tool for any styling, content, commercial or food photography, choosing the right Background and using it perfectly is crucial and important as much as the subject itself.

Any photographer aims to a specific level of harmony between subjects, lights, depth, textures and colours; and we all know that the backgrounds is the only item which gives us all 5 elements in a picture, especially if the background is a Hard Board Background.

A great quality Hardboard background, thanks to its handcrafted details such as real textures, matte finishing and different tones, shades and gradients can literally make any objects and subjects to stand out, IF USED PROPERLY!

For this reason, we have few tricks to make sure our Hard Board Backgrounds can work with you to tell the story you want to come across with!!

  • Always matte finishing 

Deco To Solution’s Hard Board Backgrounds always come in matte, this type of finishing is achieved thanks to the use of high quality clear matte sealers, all water based and food graded, meaning that when food get in contact with the surface, no chemical particles adhere to the food, keeping safe and eatable (if needed).

The most important aspect to keep in mind is that this type of matte finishing doesn’t produce any sort of glare in your pictures.

Saving you time during the editing process but also giving to you pictures a natural look.

  • Use unique backgrounds 

Depending on what you are shooting, a well selected background can help you take the viewer’s mind exactly where you want.

That’s why at Deco To Solution we have one of the widest range of original and handcrafted Hard Board Backgrouds, divided by Light Colours CollectionDark Colours Collection, Wooden Look Collection and Pantone Pastel Collection.

Each Hard Board Background is unique and perfect for your next photo shoot.

The advantage in owning a Deco To Solution’s Hard Board Background is that no one else will ever have the same background (unless you give it them), giving you the confidence to create an unique content.

  • Proportion between backgrounds and props 

When using other props an addition to backgrounds in your photo, remember the importance of proportion, some backgrounds, especially wood, stone and concrete effect have specific pattern and texture, it is very important that the dimension of props and subjects/objects won’t differentiate to much from the background textures and pattern.

If your Backgrounds represents a wooden surface, make sure that its knots and veins won’t be too large or too small compared to other objects in the picture.

This is a very common mistakes among amateurs and always results in an odd and unrealistic effect. No one wants that!

  • Make the best out of the angles 

Angles, like proportion are extremely important for a realistic result in your shoot.

To create a believable looking you want your subjects and backgrounds angles to aim towards the same directions.

Depending on what the shape of the object you are shooting of course.

  • Focus 

Although we are extremely proud of how beautiful our Hard Board Backgrounds look and we would love to see them as the main actors in any pictures, we must remember that a background is a background!

Whether the subject is a pair of sunglasses or a cheesecake, as we learnt in school doing gramma, the subject is always the center of the attention!

So be mindful that the subject can easily get lost if you pay too much focus on props and backgrounds, which are the supporting tools of your creations.

This is possible only using good quality Hard Board Backgrounds, the only backgrounds that gives a clutter and pixel free end results.

  • The importance of lights 

Lights are the essence of the photograph; lights are what make the viewers understand the mood and the importance of the photo itself.

On Hard Board Backgrounds lights won’t create a mess in terms of glare but is crucial to always keep an eye on the contrast, if using a Light Colour Background it’s important to not overwhelm the shoot with even brighter lights which can bring the attention away from the subject.

Opposite though, if using a Dark Colour Background together with an even darker light the Subject can appear floating on the background resulting in an unnatural looking picture.

  • Texture details 

We always say that a Hard Board Background is for professional use only!

Not because they are dangerous but because the enormous amount of details in its own textures.

It is crucial to always take a good review of the pictures before the editing process, looking for lines, scratches or bumps in the backgrounds that may affects the subject’s shape or depth if the subject wasn’t harmoniously positioned on the background.

  • Depth and Subject Positioning 

Depending on the props and objects utilised in your pictures, it’s important to think at the object positioning before styling the backgrounds with props.

Despite the numerous tips or guidelines out there, online and/or in photography books and tutorials, a real and reliable rule does not exist.

The size, shape and importance of the subject should tell us where to place it on the background, however for a better use of the Hard Board Backgrounds and their beautiful textures and patterns, we always recommend to visualize horizontal and vertical lines in your background and always place the subject at the intersection of two of those lines.