If you have ever been frustrated because you don’t have a lot of space to take beautiful blog photos in your home, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, this one is for you! I set up a little DIY photography studio for under $30 and so far it has been treating me well; I’m finally pretty content with my set up and it didn’t cost me much!
DIY Photography Studio for Under $30
Folding TV Tray Table
I have this little guy set up between two small windows and it’s the only table surface I use and have available. I have pretty limited space and this folding tray allows me to move my DIY photography studio wherever I please, which is why I love it! This tray can range anywhere from $5 to $15 dollars depending on where you pick it up. I picked mine up from Walmart and I believe it was $12 or $13, but I also have a spare one (hoarder status!) that I picked up from Ross for $10 so just shop around!
Poster board/ foam board
Since I prefer a white background for my flatlays, I picked up a few pieces of poster board and foam board, which will cost about $1-$5 each, again depending on where you buy it. Keep in mind, foam board is a little bit more expensive. I used to use poster board, but lately have been opting for the foam boards. I place one flat on the table and prop another one up on the windowsill to use as a reflector.
Since I have a window behind my table, I generally don’t cover it up, but when I do want a white background for standing product shots, I stick some poster board up against the window with some adhesive putty. It costs about $2, doesn’t damage the wall and you can take it off and reuse it– win win!
So this little DIY photography studio is my solution to 1) not having a lot of table surface and 2) not having lots of huge windows to set up near. I know a lot of people set some poster board on the floor near a large, long window, which makes things a lot easier and cheaper, but the windows in my house aren’t very tall so this is a great way to get closer to the light source on the cheap!
What is your photography set up like? Let me know in the comments below!
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