A Scraphappy Southernbelle

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Take On A DIY Home Photo Studio

Ok, I know I've been chatting about this and need to share. I just finished a card, so I thought it would be a good time to take pix of my little DIY studio. So here goes. I wanted to come up with a DIY photo studio for me. I never have any good light here in PA, whether it be day or night. So I had to do something. I looked at the DIY studio on Strobist, but the only problem was finding a box big enough and I wanted to be able to store this. So I came up with my own solution that was way cost efficient and ready in a matter of seconds. AND it stores flat!!!! So just slider 'er under the couch when you are done and no one will be the wiser! LOL

Supplies used:

1-Elmer's Tri-fold Display board (I purchased mine at Michael's for $4.95 (here is a link for a visual: http://www.elmers.com/product/product_page.asp?pCode=730221)

1-Arhitects desk lamp (I purchased mine at Wal Mart for about $12)(I personally liked this option the best. Not only is it way affordable, but it also bends, so you have endless possibilities on positioning.)

1-Reveal Light Bulb (100 watt)

Ok, first you will need to cut down your display board. I cut mine down to 18" tall. I measured and drew a straight line. Then I used a box cutter to cut along the line. You can use the leftover for your 'base.' Then set it up as shown. I then sat my lamp on my cricut expression box and pointed the light like I wanted. I am still playing with this and figuring out what works. I have noticed that if you will kind of fold in the flaps, the lighting is better. I did that on one of the pix so you could see. I also am still playing with my camera's settings. I shot some of these on auto and some on Portrait. If you want the background kind of blurry, so that most of the focus is on your image, shoot in portrait. But anywho, this will easily accomodate any card, single or double 12x12 layout, or altered project. I think it's gonna work great for me. I hope this will help somebody out there. Here are some pix for you:

Take care! I'm off to a 1 hr crop challenge! :)
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Christy said...

This is very cool. Thanks for sharing this.I just might have to try this. Sometimes my pics are terrible.
oh and awesome card.

scrappin_mom3 said...

gonna have to try this way instead I think--I have one of these boards lying arund the house from Layton's science fair project! LOL!

Carter'smomaw said...

hey, great job. you are way too much. i so need to do this also. as you know my last posting was terrible!!! thanks for your tutorial, and i love the sewing on that card and the way you did your journaling on tour the senior pic.


michele said...

I am so glad you shared a step by step for this...good camera, but bad lighting. Same problem as you as I live in PA too.