Monday, August 1, 2011
DIY At Home Photo Shoot Set Up
I've always loved the look of a clean white background used in product and close up tutorial shots. I started looking into at home tabletop light boxes but dang, they're not cheap. I found one online for $199 but it had sketchy reviews. There are plenty of DIY light box tutorials out there but most of them are way over-complicated. This tutorial that Melissa sent me from Nicole over at Making It Lovely is about the easiest and best one I've seen.
In true Tim Gunn "make it work" fashion, I gathered what I already had at home and came up with this little set up. Since I didn't have poster board, I went ahead and used the roll of poster paper. We have very limited wall space in our house that has good natural light, which is why I had to use the kid's table and chair. I set the area up next to our sliding glass door, the best source of natural light in the house. I then just rolled out the paper making sure to leave a curved section in the back, which is what helps to give the product photos that never ending infinity background that I love so much, and then just taped the paper to the wall. And voila, an easy at home photo shoot area to help with product shots.
Here are a few shots using the white background versus my usual background. With my usual workspace, I have a large bay window behind me so I have several factors to contend with while shooting; background color, surface color and harsh lighting from the background window. It can be distracting when you're just trying to focus on the one item or the tutorial instructions. But with the white background all you focus on is the piece you're shooting.