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How to set up your own DIY (Do It Yourself) photo studio on a small budget

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November 29, 2023


Selling online or considering photographing small to medium-sized products for internet sales? Skip the expensive photo studio and set up your own DIY photo studio easily and cost-effectively.

Why choose a DIY photo studio?

It's an excellent option for those dealing with small and medium-sized products, providing a straightforward approach without hefty resource requirements. If you plan to include models in your photos, professional studios might be necessary for their expertise, perfect lighting, and equipment, albeit at a higher cost.

What camera should I use?

Most camera choices nowadays offer great results, whether using a smartphone or an affordable compact or SLR camera. A tripod is recommended for consistent angles. As for creating space for your studio, find a bright spot with soft, natural light. Use umbrella lighting and a reflector for a well-lit product against a bright, neutral background.

Here's what you need to set up your DIY studio:

1. Natural Light Setup:

  • Place a table near a window for soft, consistent natural light.
  • For areas with no natural light, use umbrella lighting.

2. Background:

  • Build a fixed background to prevent distractions.
  • Wrinkles can be retouched later.

3. Lighting:

  • Position a reflector opposite the window to eliminate shadows.
  • Ensure even illumination of the product.

4. Camera Placement:

  • Mark the product's position on the table.
  • Take test shots from various angles for consistent lighting.
  • Adjust reflectors and lighting as needed for dark products.

Basic setup Illustration

Consider a photo light box for a consistent but less creative lighting setup, especially suitable for smaller products.

Post-processing is crucial for a professional look. Adjust colors, lighting, and even recolor images without reshooting. You can do this yourself or use professional services like Doopic for image post-processing.

Here you have it – your DIY photo studio. For more in-depth information on product photography, explore our comprehensive article on the subject.

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