Using Vinyl Backgrounds for Food Photography

By | 2016-12-18T17:00:53+00:00 September 18th, 2014|2 Comments

Recently, Ink & Elm sent me a few of their backgrounds (free of charge) to try out with my food photography. I have used their product in the past and had posted about them in another article here on the blog, Food Props and Styling Resources for Photographers. The past few backdrops I have used were hit-and-miss, but I think that they have made some great improvements.

They sent me two backdrops: one with a wood print, and one with a bokeh print. They were able to print the “wood” image on a vinyl that had less nylon texture to it, which can be one of the complaints about nylon backdrops (if you get too close-up or the light hits it just right you can see the texture). However, this particular backdrop was much more smooth and I did not notice the same texture as in the other backdrops. (I haven’t used the bokeh one, yet, but when I do I’ll be sure to post here on the blog.)

I do a lot of my food photographs back-lit, and you can see in the photos that it sometimes lights the backdrop up a little more than it would if it were actual wood. These backdrops have a LOT of pros, such as easy cleanup, easy to transport and store, and they look pretty darn good. Here’s a gallery of some images I took over the last few days using this backdrop:

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Michael Long September 18, 2014 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Nicole thank you for this article…….. I’ve been playing with the idea about using the vinyl backgrounds but just haven’t done it yet……. but will shortly………

  2. emdem November 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Hi. You do beautiful work! I just wanted to comment on the company Ink and Elm. I have used Ink and Elm backdrops and their quality is terrible. The wood is really fake looking, and they are such an unprofessional business to deal with if you have a complaint. They will never admit that any of their backdrops are poor quality images, and they will twist the truth to make themselves appear to be right. There are other photo backdrop companies out there with a much higher quality product. There is no need to ever do business with them.

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