How To Create a DIY Photo Booth For Your Blog Photographs | Spring/Summer Edition
How the heck do you create professional looking photographs for your blog posts? Splash out on heaps of fancy equipment? Hire a professional? Nope. Just create your very own DIY photo booth, it’s sooo easy and most definitely does not break the bank.
Say goodbye to messy backgrounds and terrible lighting, and prepare yourself for the “lovely photographs” comments! By following these simple steps, you can replicate my set up.
Around once a fortnight, I like to take photographs for upcoming blog posts. This often involves arranging numerous beauty products on the floor in a flat lay style. And honestly, I have so much fun doing it – even if my bedroom does turn into utter chaos for a little while.
I always include props such as false flowers, makeup brushes etc. to add a little depth to my pictures. I like to switch these up, as well as my backgrounds depending on the time of the year. Since Spring has well and truly sprung in the UK, I thought it would be rather appropriate to share my more summery choices with you.
Psst! I’ve already done a blog post on how I take & edit my blog photographs. If you’re struggling to capture a photograph you’re really proud of, pop over for a read.
Let’s do this.
My equipment is very basic, but it’s all I need to achieve brilliant pics. Natural light is a bloggers best friend, so I always shoot during the day with the curtains drawn back.
Mini Studio Continuous Lighting Kit – These lights are unbelievable. I paid peanuts for them and they’re the perfect day light balanced artificial lights, meaning they’ll literally make it look like the sun is shining down on your photo booth. The giant bulbs are also included!
Extra tip! I never use camera flash, it creates that distinctive spotlight glow on anything it can bounce off on. Plus, there’s no need to with these lights.
Olympus EM-10 Digital Camera – Alright, so a little pricey. But I’m a huge believer in having a good quality camera. It takes incredibly sharp photographs and is lightweight so I don’t get achey shoulders and arms. Use whatever camera you have though, it won’t make a huge difference with this photo booth.
I have around five backgrounds that I like to rotate, but the Ella Bella Classic Vintage Wood Paper is one of my favourites. It’s neutral enough to really show off the products and doesn’t distract away from them. Plus, it’s so realistic!
Extra Tip! Visit your local homeware store such as B&Q and grab some wallpaper samples. They’re free and make the perfect photo booth background.
My bedroom is my photography studio, filming area and beauty space, so it can be tricky to work in such a tight area, but this set up truly utilises it in the best possible way.
I lay the paper flat out on the floor and secure the corners with something heavy that’s in reach (it’s all professional here).
I position the light on the floor, pointing directly towards the items I’m photographing. Be careful not to put the light too closely to the items, or harsh shadows will be created. Trust me, they don’t look cute on photographs.
And that’s really all there is to it. So simple, right? In fact, it’s completely fool proof.
When the background is down and set in place, I begin to build on top of it. I grab whatever I’m photographing whether it be lipsticks, skincare items or clothing, and spend some time arranging them. I always like to make sure the name of the product is in full display (and of course that the items are all clean and presentable!).
Then I build my props and all things pretty around them. I always like to include my battery powered copper string fairy lights for a little sparkle, as well as false flowers during the warmer months.
I always like to confirm that the composition and balance of everything together looks good on camera, because it can often look different.
After some slight readjustments, I then spend some time doing all the techy stuff like adjusting the camera settings, clearing my memory card etc. I don’t worry about altering the brightness and exposure too much because I always like to edit my photographs on Photoshop afterwards anyway.
Congratulations! You’ve just created your own photo booth for your blog photographs. Check out the final result.
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