Creating DIY Backgrounds and Surfaces

Want to build your own photography backgrounds on a budget? Let Tim show you how.

Photography backgrounds are easy enough to source. But they can be expensive, and in terms of look and size, they don't offer much creative flexibility.

Fortunately, building your own backgrounds and surfaces from scratch is simple – once you know the materials and techniques you need.

In this class, recorded LIVE, Tim guides you through the creation of a selection of stunning backgrounds and boards, designed to elevate your product and food photography shoots with their realistic textures, grains and stains.

You'll learn how to create three different surfaces – wood, concrete and slate. Tim explains everything you need, from MDF board to wax crayons, and offers a host of tips based on his extensive experience crafting backgrounds like this for Karl's professional shoots.

By the end of the workshop, you'll be equipped and inspired to start building your own beautiful backgrounds!

In this class:

  • How to make slate-effect photography backgrounds
  • How to make wood-effect photography backgrounds
  • How to make concrete-effect photography backgrounds
  • Materials and techniques for DIY backgrounds and surfaces

If you enjoy this class, check out Creating DIY Photography Backdrops and Making a Canvas Backdrop.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. Absolutely fabulous! Loved this workshop… Thank you Tim for sharing your techniques, so very helpful.
    Looking forward to the follow up for canvas backdrops.

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