Save money with this easy photography hack and make your own marble surface for pictures! This DIY marble surface costs less than $12.
So it’s been a while since I’ve had any kind of blog tips for ya. I guess when you take a mini hiatus from blogging, you don’t have too much advice to give anyone! Luckily that’s changing. At least the blogging part…not sure about the advice. 😉
I’ve been on a real mission to develop my own photography style. There are sooo many different styles that I absolutely LOVE, but I needed to find what I really liked for myself, and what I am actually decent at making consistent. While I really like dark and sultry photos…that really isn’t for me and and I don’t think works with many of the recipes that I create. I’m hoping you’ll be able to tell, but I’ve decided to focus on keeping them white with a light feel to them—and the only color really comes from the food. [See fancy photography studio below.]
That said, I’ve always been in love with the marble surface look. But have you ever tried to look into purchasing a marble surface? I don’t know about you, but I can’t quite justify spending $70-$150 on a photography surface just yet. Ha! Unless I have been looking in alllll the wrong places (which is entirely possible), I couldn’t find one that I felt okay spending the money on.
And then I thought of a great idea. Which I actually got from my favorite DIY ladies at the DIY Playbook! Casey and Bridget are geniuses at affordable home improvements. I fell in love with this idea for a marble shelf hack when they posted it over a year ago, but I didn’t really have anywhere I wanted to hang shelves. So, keeping the food photography theme going, I figured this was a great chance to snag my marble photography surface for uber cheap.
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All you need for this DIY is:
- A board—I used a thin plywood board I already had painted a grey color from a previous photography surface tutorial, but NEVER used. I bought it from Lowe’s for around $3.50. Poster board would also work and be even cheaper.
- Marble patterned adhesive paperThis was the best patterned and most affordable option I found, off Amazon of course! Walmart does not sell it, surprisingly. It’s only $8!
- Duct tape (or other heavy duty tape)
And from there, it’s pretty simple! Wrap the paper around the board and tape it up on the reverse side of the board to secure.
I’m honestly super happy with how it turned out. Some may be able to tell it isn’t an actual marble board, but to me it looks pretty legit. I’ve used it for every single food photo I’ve taken since I made it, and I don’t know when I’ll ever go back to my white painted board.
And that’s a wrap, folks.
Do you like DIY projects? What is your photography style?
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