Stained Wood Photo Prop

Ever since I started this little blog, I have become increasingly interested in photography.  Now, I am not planning to go out and start a photography business or anything {I know I am not that good!} but I definitely find myself focusing on elements of my photography more these days.  This includes paying attention to what my item is sitting on.  I wanted to branch out from the bottom of my photo always being my dining room table so I decided to make a stained wood photo prop to use in pictures.
Vegetable Quinoa Soup without Napkin_wm I started with some pieces of wood from Lowes that I had them slice in half lengthwise.  They are about 1/2 inch width which is perfect because it makes it the photo prop super light even though it is wood.
Pieces of Craft Wood_wm

I put wood conditioner on the panels and let it dry.  I never used to bother with this step until I attended the Minwax demonstration at Snap last year and saw firsthand the difference it made in the finished product.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a paint stirrer so I had to improvise
Paint Stirrer_wm

Once my conditioner was dry, I did two coats of stain letting each sit for about 5 minutes before wiping them off.

Staining Wood_wm

I let those dry overnight before doing a quick polycrylic coat over top to protect them.

Once everything was nice and dry, I had Mathlete use the finish nailer to attach two pieces along the back to connect all of the planks together.  I love how small the nails are so you can barely even tell they are there.  It was so much faster than using the wood glue and waiting to let it dry.
Mathlete with Photo Prop_wm Rear of Photo Prop_wm Do you use photo props in your photography?  Do you make your own or buy them from somewhere?

Wood Photo Prop with Label_wm
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  1. I’ve been trying to improve the look of my food pictures and was bemoaning the fact that I had an ugly table… what a perfect solution! Love the pumpkin bowl too! I definitely need to be on the lookout for some more interesting dishes and bowls as well!
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  2. Oh, I really like this idea! I’m not so great with food photography but I know several people who are passionate about it. I love learning about where they get their props or how they make them. It just goes to show that a little creativity goes a long way!
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Photography is so tough. I always end up taking 100s of pictures in hopes of getting the few I will need for a post. Practice still hasn’t made me perfect.

  3. Love it!

  4. Great idea! Photography is definitely something I want to improve on my blog!
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  5. What a SMART idea! I might need to do this myself. Can’t believe I’d never thought of that. I’m hosting a pillow cover giveaway that you should enter. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/11/michelle-dwight-designs-pillow-cover.html
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  6. THIS is such a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing. Sometimes it’s hard to find an attractive background when I photographing objects for my blog. Great solution. Glad I popped over from the Work It Wednesday link party.
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  7. I so need one of these!! Thanks so much for sharing it on Made in a Day!
    Kim
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