One of my most useful backgrounds has been the brick wall. I generally use it to do real “product” type shots of the furniture for my Etsy shop. There’s a great Italian restaurant a few blocks from my house on Congress Ave. in So. Austin. It’s actually two restaurants, Vesapio and Enoteca, which operate from a joint kitchen and they’re both very good.
On the North side of the building is a vacant lot, used for parking or vendors, and it has a nice grungy brick wall. I snapped it one morning before the vendors set up their tents and the light was just right. I crop it to reflect the parts I want, copy it several times, and then cut and paste (literally) it together. You can see the difference between the actual wall, the photoshopped version and the photographed version. It’s pays to take a photo of the first copy of the one you think you might like before you do lots of copies and cut and paste. It’s not perfect, but I like it! Hey!, I’m a DIY kinda girl.
Brick walls as an feature in houses and lofts are quite popular. They give a nice architectural element to the look of the place and can be found in a wide range of colors to suit your needs. You can find brick computer wallpaper on the internet, but it’s a lot more fun to get your own from a local source. Fun is GOOD.