How to Create a Ghetto DIY Studio

Sometimes, space (or money) just won't allow you to set up a real studio. There are things you can do to create a photography studio without breaking the bank.

Steps

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    Go to a craft store (or look around the house) for some clean, smooth surfaces. Poster boards are a good source. You can also use some light colored sheets.
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    Start out with 2 desk lamps. The ones that allow you to adjust them easily are the best ones to get.
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    Find a flat surface near a wall that you want to use. A kitchen table will do great.
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    Find a way to attach the chosen background to the wall. Thumb tacks or double sided tape should do the trick.
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    Be sure that you have a place to set up the lamps.
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    Use 40 watt and 60 watt bulbs for the lamps. Be aware that you probably can't go 'green' and use low wattage bulbs. The light will be different. If you have a digital camera, you might be able to adjust for this by adjusting your white balance.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • The image uses a colored poster boards. Be aware that this could affect your final shot. Experiment with different colors of poster boards.
  • Hang a piece of white bed sheet between your lights and the set to diffuse the light and reduce harsh shadows and glare. Use brighter lights to compensate if necessary.
  • If you wish to use fluorescent bulbs, try using "daylight spectrum" bulbs. With a color temp of 4700-5000 Kelvins, these are less yellow and more blue compared to incandescent bulbs, and more closely resemble sunlight in color rendition.

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