It’s amazing how the background of a picture can take a photo from meh to magnificent! It’s not difficult to achieve some really exciting results using items you can find laying around the house.
If you want your subject to really pop out, use a background color from the opposite side of the color wheel. Greedo is green, so an orange sheet of paper certainly makes him stand out more than a green backdrop.
That “sand dune” I used in my previous post is actually just a crumpled up paper bag. The white “sky” is where the bag ended and the lightbox ceiling met.
Turn an empty coffee can on its side and you might be surprised at the result.
For a colorful backdrop, use some toys! For this photo of the Skylander, Pop Fizz, I put some colorful plastic balls in a ziplock bag, which created a colorful, trippy backdrop. When you use a low depth of field, the items in the background will be blurry, while the subject close to the camera lens will be in sharp focus.
Tin foil can result in some exciting effects, as light gets reflected in unplanned ways.
A trip to the garbage can resulted in bubble wrap and a rubber hose — and a pretty fun result!
And speaking of garbage, even a black trash bag can look good!
As you can see, just about anything can be used for a backdrop when you photograph your action figures. Give it a try and let me know what works for you!