A home studio is something most photographers would love to have but the costs of setting one up can leave very little in your wallet by the end of it. However, there is a less expensive way to give yourself a space for shooting still life and product photography and that's with a simple, DIY photography studio.
Our friends COOPH have successfully done this using various household items and they've put a quick tutorial together so you can do the same. In the tutorial, they explain what you need to build your own DIY photography studio for capturing images of various sized objects from scratch.
For small objects, such as LEGO figures, a bowl sat against a neutral background can be used as a stand or simply sit your object on a piece of paper and use a household lamp to direct light where it's needed. If you find the light's too harsh, use some baking parchment to diffuse it. For larger objects, use a roll of paper from a stationary store as a background, fasten it to a wall and create your own curved backdrop. If you have a large window, you can use the free light that falls through it to light your subject.
As ePHOTOzine's talked about before, you can create reflectors from silver foil and flash diffusers from plastic tubs (check out our tutorial) but learning how to create a DIY softbox for photographing larger objects is new to us! All you need is a plastic bin, lamp, parchment paper and some tape - pretty cool!
Remember, it doesn't matter how much space you have, it’s what you do with it that counts! Enjoy the tutorial, we hope you find it useful. Check out some of the product images the COOPH team captured in their DIY studio below.