Introduction: Seamless Backdrop for Food Photography

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Lately I have been wanting to experiment with a seamless backdrop for my foodie Instructables. Not wanting to make a large initial investment, but needing something that could be deployed and put away quickly, I came up with this solution using white seamless background paper and some odds and ends from the garage. The final result is better than I expected and I hope my fellow foodies find this useful.


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Step 1: Measure and Mark

Be sure to measure your roll of paper. Whilst mine was advertised as 53" wide, it was actually 54 1/4". Add about an inch to the width to allow for the width of the pole and hooks. Mark the bottom back side of your upper cabinets with a 3/8" tall line (this will set the position of the pilot hole for the hook.

Note:I haven't remodeled my kitchen yet, so I don't mind putting holes in the cheap contractor cabinets that are original to my condo. If you have really nice cabinets, you might want to consider mounting your rod another way.

Step 2: Drill

After taking a deep breath, since you are about to put a hole in your cabinets, drill a hole using the 7/32" bit through the back of the cabinet into it's recessed bottom at the top of the mark you made in the previous step. Drill a similar hole at the other mark.

Step 3: Mount Hooks

The hooks should now screw into the pilot holes firmly. Be sure to finish with the open section of the hook facing up.

Step 4: Mount Rod and Roll

Threading the rod through the center of the paper roll, mount them on the hooks as shown. As you can see in the pictures, it is easy to pull the paper down onto the counter, and then roll it up out of the way when finished (or cut off any stained section).

Happy Foodie Photographing!