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The Enthusiast's Guide to DIY Photography by Mike Hagen

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45. BACKGROUNDS: PAINTED PATTERNS ON PLYWOOD

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PLYWOOD IS A great building product and can be very useful for photo sets. For this project, I’ll show you how to paint patterns on plywood to produce a nice background. You can use this background when shooting indoors or outdoors.

The key is figuring out the best way to stand up the plywood. I used spring clamps on a ladder and a light stand, but you could also just lean the plywood against a wall. Just make sure to secure it so it doesn’t fall over on your subjects!

The upside of using plywood for the background is that it is fairly durable and relatively inexpensive. The downside is that it’s heavy ...

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