at home studio

DIY photo studio

To create great fun photos you do not need to spend an absolute fortune. I can show you how to take some stunning head shots in your own home just by using some coloured paper and your camera nothing more. I love to do studio photography but I sometimes I want to create something a little more interesting than your standard white backdrop shoot and this is a really easy way to do that.

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No backdrop stand or Flash 

For the background I brought a roll of coloured paper from eBay for £6, 76cm x 10m - Non Toxic Display Paper. I brought yellow and pink as I wanted two colours that would really pop in the pictures. I cut the paper to fit a head shot size (around A0) and stuck the paper on the wall with some tape. This paper is quite thin so you might struggle to re- use it for a few shoots once it has been cut.

As I was shooting in my living room I had no space for a backdrop stand. Taping the paper to the wall saves space and money. I chose the wall in my living room right next to the door as the glass let’s in some great defused natural light. I also have a window on the same side which lets in quite a lot of light. By using the natural light found indoors I didn’t need to use my flash which I would normally use in a studio shoot. 

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My lovely assistants are 2 years apart and there is quite a big height difference so I got my little one on a step. This just saved on using more paper it is also more appealing to the eye. 

Natural Lighting

I shoot on a canon 5D mark iii and have a Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 lens which allows me to let in more light through the f stop, if you do not have access to a low aperture lens push up your ISO and you should be ok to get the lighting right without the picture becoming to grainy. These photos were taken f2.8 with an ISO 1000

Using the natural light does create shadows and highlights on the face so just and adjust this on the camera to save time in post production.

I like to make these shoots a little more playful, I don’t have the room to do full body shots so I try and really make it about the expressions in the face. Getting the kids to pull faces and getting real belly laughs always look great.

I hope you found this helpful. Let me know, if you try it your self.