DIY Photo Studio On The Cheap

If you’re laying in bed scrolling through your Instagram feed and wondering how these people you love to follow are taking amazing photos of their desk or their tacos, and you wish you could get there too, I’ve got great news. You don’t have to spend a fortune or be an expert to get a great shot.

Most of my Instagram photos come right from my iPhone. I don’t even need my camera on a good day, plus I get to skip the steps of uploading it, editing it and then finally sending it to my phone. Sometimes, none of us have time for that.

To make sure I was taking great photos for my blog and my Instagram, I created a “Faux Photo Studio.” It’s nothing fancy. It’s in my guest bedroom, I can take it down and set it up in minutes, and you can get everything you need for less than $50 in one trip to Target.

Here’s what you need:

  1. Target Devine Color Textured Brick Peel & Stick Wallpaper – $34.99
  2. Target Selfie Stick – $9.99 (I found mine in the dollar section at my Target. Has anyone else noticed nothing is ever actually a dollar there?)
  3. Tri-Fold Poster Board In White – $3
  4. Heavyweight White Poster Board – $1
  5. A window that brings in lots of natural light!

 

I set mine up on a little card table, toss my poster board on top and place my items. From here, you can take shots straight on with the faux brick in the background.

Here’s a shot with the poster board underneath the items and pushed against the faux brick wall.

You can also jump up on a chair or pull out the handy-dandy selfie stick to get a shot from up above.

Here’s a shot looking from up above, with the white poster board underneath the items.

Last, you can setup your tri-fold display to get shots against a totally blank background. These are great for product shots if you are just starting out your Etsy shop, or if you want to feature a product on its own. I setup my tri-fold and then lay another flat poster board against it so it almost creates a sheet underneath the products and going up onto the tri-fold display.

Here’s the setup with the tri-fold and the poster leaning against the trifold.

Here’s the shot of the products against the poster board with the help of the tri-fold display.

To help you out a bit more, I would recommend taking and editing your photos in the app VSCO. You can control your focus and your exposure using the app, and it helps make the photos brighter and more focused!

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If you’re laying in bed scrolling through your Instagram feed and wondering how these people you love to follow are taking amazing photos of their desk or their tacos, and you wish you could get there too, I’ve got great news. You don’t have to spend a fortune or be an expert to get a […]

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