So, I started replying to a thread in the beginners forum about dramatic band photos, then realized that I was about to completely jack it up. I brought it over here because I'm looking for a solid discussion on the creative and original use of backgrounds from experienced people who deal with it frequently. Here's what I was typing into the other thread before I made a new one. Or rustic barn doors, walls with old chipping paint, grungy alleys, flower fields, trees... I run into the same problems. It seems all these types of backgrounds are soooooo overdone. But then I try thinking of something else to do, and it's hard to get away from them. There's a reason why they're all so worked, they're good. Every time I see some beat up old brick wall and a broken door in it, I'm like, I want to take a picture of some in front of that. But it's so impossible to be original. What does everyone do to try and stay original and fresh when coming up with BG ideas for portraits and such? Do you pass up a good BG for the sake of not being trite? Do you just do the same stuff as everyone else because it works so well? Do you just, suck up the fact that there's nothing new under the sun, and try your best to put your own spin on it? Thoughts?