Where to find the backgrounds for your photo?

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 7:53 AM

Where does everyone find their background photos? Put a link or photo below to help others! :)

Monday, January 31, 2022 10:23 PM

This was shared by our Fearless Leader of the OFAM photo show club:


The images are public domain and free to download, though if you can make a small donation to the artist it's appreciated.

Old calendars can be a treasure trove, especially if you show the smaller models. A calendar page and some cotton made the snow scene for Thalion. For Gypsy Moon, I made a false barn front for an old shipping box -"outdoor" backdrops don't have to be landscapes, after all.;-)


Gypsy Moon

I'm making most of my backdrops now from my own photos, which is also a good motivator to get outside and play!

Last edited by redoakranch, Monday, January 31, 2022 11:07 PM
Monday, March 21, 2022 6:58 AM

I use an indoor arena set up, out of scrap wood glued to a sheet of poster board and detailing added for realism. I also sponged on an acrylic mix to a sheet of posterboard to get a nice, marbley neutral backdrop for halter photos.

Friday, May 20, 2022 1:00 AM

I recently tried something new for a display on top of my bookcase: stick-on windows to turn the wall behind it into a barn:

Window dressing 2.0

I call this version 2.0 as these are the second set of windows I've made. It started as a lark, but some of the test photos I've taken came out well enough, I'm actually entering them in shows. :-D

Monday, May 23, 2022 10:09 AM

You can find a variety of diorama backdrops here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsiDA9U83

These also work very well for stablemate photography. If you have a colour printer, just print them off on standard 8.5 x 11 matte paper.

Monday, May 23, 2022 12:25 PM

Exceptionally nice, Red Oak Ranch!

Thank you for the link Appaloosa!

Last edited by SpottedDreamsStudio, Monday, May 23, 2022 12:26 PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 2:28 PM

Postcards can actually make good backgrounds for most Stablemates/Chips and it's pretty easy to find scenic landscapes, pastures, fields, deserts, etc. Also, always check what the background photos are on some of the Breyer window boxes when you buy a model. They sometimes make great backgrounds, too.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 2:32 PM

Agreed. As long as you can avoid the holes for the twisty ties!


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